How It Feels to Float - by Helena Fox (Hardcover)
Dimensions (Overall): 9.2 Inches (H) x 5.6 Inch (W) x 1.4 Inch (D)Weight: 1.05 PoundsNumber of Pages: 384Genre: Juvenile FictionSub-Genre: LGBTFormat: HardcoverPublisher: Penguin Group USAAuthor: Helena FoxAge Range: TeenBook theme: Death, Grief, Bereavement, Mental IllnessLanguage: English About the Book In her mesmerizing, radiant debut, Fox tells a story about love and grief, family and friendship, inter-generational mental illness, and how living with it is both a bridge to someone loved and lost and, also, a chasm. "Profoundly moving...Will take your breath away."--Kathleen Glasgow, author of "Girl in Pieces." Book Synopsis A Kirkus Reviews Best Book of the YearA Chicago Public Library Best of the Best of the Year Profoundly moving . . . Will take your breath away. --Kathleen Glasgow, author of Girl in PiecesA stunningly gorgeous and deeply hopeful portrayal of living with mental illness and grief, from an exceptional new voice. Biz knows how to float. She has her people, her posse, her mom and the twins. She has Grace. And she has her dad, who tells her about the little kid she was, and who shouldn't be here but is. So Biz doesn't tell anyone anything. Not about her dark, runaway thoughts, not about kissing Grace or noticing Jasper, the new boy. And she doesn't tell anyone about her dad. Because her dad died when she was seven. And Biz knows how to float, right there on the surface--normal okay regular fine. But after what happens on the beach--first in the ocean, and then in the sand--the tethers that hold Biz steady come undone. Dad disappears and, with him, all comfort. It might be easier, better, sweeter to float all the way away? Or maybe stay a little longer, find her father, bring him back to her. Or maybe--maybe maybe maybe--there's a third way Biz just can't see yet. Debut author Helena Fox tells a story about love and grief, about inter-generational mental illness, and how living with it is both a bridge to someone loved and lost and, also, a chasm. She explores the hard and beautiful places loss can take us, and honors those who hold us tightly when the current wants to tug us out to sea. Give this to all your...friends immediately. --Cosmopolitan.comI haven't been so dazzled by a YA in ages. --Jandy Nelson, author of I'll Give You the Sun (via SLJ)Mesmerizing and timely. --BustleNothing short of exquisite. --PopSugarImmensely satisfying --Girls' Life* Lyrical and profoundly affecting. --Kirkus (starred review)* Masterful...Just beautiful. --Booklist (starred review)* Intimate...Unexpected. --PW (starred review)* Fox writes with superb understanding and tenderness. --BCCB (starred review)* Frank [and] beautifully crafted.--BookPage (starred review)This book will explode you into atoms. --Margo Lanagan, author of Tender MorselsHelena Fox's novel delivers. Read it. --Cath Crowley, author of Words in Deep BlueThis is not a book; it is a work of art. --Kerry Kletter, author of The First Time She DrownedPerfect...Readers will be deeply moved. --Books+Publishing Review Quotes "I haven't been so dazzled by a YA in ages. . . . Biz's voice is wild and rollicking, lyrical and hilarious, utterly authentic . . . There isn't a false note." --Jandy Nelson, author of I'll Give You the Sun (via School Library Journal) [How It Feels to Float] explores intergenerational mental illness in a way that is nothing short of exquisite. --PopSugar A profoundly moving story about grief, loss, and love that will take your breath away. Helena Fox is a writer to be reckoned with. --Kathleen Glasgow, author of Girl in Pieces If you've read Anna Borges's story for The Outline I Am Not Always Very Attached To Being Alive, you are perhaps already acquainted with the idea of treading to stay afloat when living with mental illness. In How It Feels To Float, author Helena Fox tells the story of a young woman floating through life, struggling to hide her dark thoughts and a past marked by intergenerational mental illness. --Bustle "How It Feels to Float is technically a YA novel, but I'm not talking Twilight YA. I'm talking give-this-to-all-your-twenty-something-friends-immediately YA. This book will relate to anyone that's lived through the confusing mind-f*ck that is being a high school girl. More than that, it tackles mental health, depression, sexual identity, and anxiety with beauty and empathy as protagonist Biz comes to terms with the death of her father amid a devastating social fall-out." --Cosmopolitan.com Beautifully written, Biz's story (of dark thoughts, grief and questioning her sexuality) is subtly revealed and immensely satisfying as she slowly unravels and puts herself together again. --Girls' Life Teens who don't want to be labeled, who don't conform to checklists of attributes or fall into tidy boxes, will relate hard to this book about a girl who wants, very badly at times, to float away, but who ultimately finds herself . . . Full of life, resplendent with sensory details, lush descriptions, clever and witty narration, and a beating heart that will make yours swell with feeling." --B & N Teen Blog ★ "Lyrical and profoundly affecting, providing a nuanced account of the hereditary effects of trauma. Haunting." --Kirkus (starred review) ★ Biz is smart, funny, and self-deprecating . . . [How It Feels to Float is] a masterful portrayal of mental illness that illuminates the complex interplay between emotional trauma and the mind's subsequent recoil. And the writing is just beautiful. --Booklist (starred review)★ "Exquisite . . . Through lyrical first-person narration, Fox empathically conveys the hereditary nature of Biz's illness, its disorienting manifestations, and the limitations and power of love to heal." --Publishers Weekly (starred review) ★ "Fox writes with superb understanding and tenderness . . . The poignant depiction of depression is leavened by secondary characters who love Biz, ranging from Jasper's photographer grandmother to Jasper himself and even to Biz's doomed dad, who may have lost to his demons but who has a larky beauty that lights up the pages. . . . Ambiguity enhances the beautiful, unsteady shimmer of Biz's story." --BCCB (starred review) ★ "This is a frank story of mental illness, loss, and sexual identity, and Fox responsibly concludes her story with information and support services for readers facing similar issues. How It Feels to Float is a beautifully crafted story of finding hope and love when both appear to be gone forever." --BookPage (starred review) "A YA The Bell Jar with a ghostly twist, [and an] honest, nuanced portrayal of grief and life with mental illness. . . . A mesmerizing and timely debut." --Bustle "This book will explode you into atoms, put you back together, and return the new shape of you to earth. Alive with sensation and rich in thought and feeling, How it Feels to Float intensively explores what it's like to be here now." --Margo Lanagan, author of Tender MorselsImpossibly beautiful, life-affirming, profound. This is not a book; it is a work of art. --Kerry Kletter, author of The First Time She Drowned "Every now and then you pick up a novel and you know you've found something wonderful--a glorious voice, a character you adore. Helena Fox's novel delivers. It is exquisite. Read it." --Cath Crowley, author of Words in Deep BlueIt is a testament to Helena Fox's immense skill as a writer that all the disparate elements come together seamlessly in an intense, intimate portrait of a teenage girl. Like Biz in the darkroom, the author dodges and burns, keeping her characters moving, exposing them to the light. --The Saturday PaperA perfect, surreal exploration of mental illness and grief. Fox's writing is poetry, bringing the reader to the brink of Biz's madness and back again as she finds new ways to make meaning, and new people to make it with. . . . How It Feels to Float is a visceral reading experience that captures the way in which many teens struggle with mental illness. It is a lesson in acceptance and understanding, and readers will be deeply moved. --Books+Publishing About The Author Helena Fox lives in Wollongong, Australia, where she runs creative writing workshops for young people. She's a graduate of the MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College in North Carolina. How It Feels to Float is her debut novel. She can be found at www.helenafoxauthor.com
Meet You in the Middle - by Devon Daniels (Paperback)
Number of Pages: 368Genre: Fiction + Literature GenresSub-Genre: RomanceFormat: PaperbackPublisher: Berkley BooksAuthor: Devon DanielsAge Range: AdultBook theme: Romantic ComedyLanguage: English About the Book "What happens when the person you find MOST impossible becomes impossible to resist? Opposites distract in this hilarious romantic comedy about America's least likely couple. There's just one thing standing between liberal Senate staffer Kate Adams and passage of the landmark legislation she's been fighting for all year: Ben Mackenzie, intimidating gatekeeper for one of DC's most powerful conservative senators. After Kate and Ben lock horns in a meet-not-so-cute, they vow to take each other down--by any means necessary. She thinks he's arrogant (and doesn't deserve those gorgeous green eyes). He thinks she's too quick to judge (and irresistibly distracting). But as their endless game of one-upmanship becomes Kate's favorite part of the day, she starts to wonder if her feelings for Ben are closer to attraction than animosity...and maybe their sparring is flirting. And when Kate realizes there's more to Ben than meets the eye, she's forced her to confront her biggest fear: In her sworn enemy, she may have found her perfect match"-- Book Synopsis What happens when the person you find most impossible becomes impossible to resist? The Hating Game meets The West Wing in this hilarious across-the-aisle romantic comedy debut about America's least likely couple. There's just one thing standing between liberal Senate staffer Kate Adams and passage of the landmark legislation she's been fighting for all year: Ben Mackenzie, intimidating gatekeeper for one of DC's most powerful conservative senators. After Kate and Ben lock horns in a meet-not-so-cute, they vow to take each other down--by any means necessary. Their ensuing power struggle gives new meaning to the term office politics prank mail, spying, bets gone awry--nothing's off limits in their battle of wills. She thinks he's arrogant (and doesn't deserve those gorgeous green eyes). He thinks she's too quick to judge (and irresistibly distracting). But as their endless game of one-upmanship becomes Kate's favorite part of the day, she starts to wonder if her feelings for Ben are closer to attraction than animosity...and maybe their sparring is flirting. When Kate realizes there's more to Ben than meets the eye, she's forced to confront her biggest fear: In her sworn enemy, she may have found her perfect match. Perfect for fans of Sally Thorne and Jasmine Guillory, Meet You in the Middle is a modern, heartfelt and hopeful romance that hilariously explores what happens when you fall in love with your political polar opposite. Review Quotes Sharp, clever repartee propels this irresistible, very modern, wonderfully warm and optimistic romance that asks the eternal question, do opposites really attract?--Jayne Ann Krentz, New York Times bestselling author "...[M]ore timely than ever...it's the kind of book that will leave you feeling gleeful."--USA Today"Daniels has written one of those romantic comedy masterpieces that makes your stomach flip, your heart explode, even as you can't help but laugh out loud at the sheer cleverness of the writing. Absolute perfection--the best romantic comedy I've had the pleasure of reading, ever."--Lauren Layne, New York Times bestselling author "Smart, sexy, and satisfying! Daniels has penned an engaging enemies-to-lovers contemporary romance set against a beltway backdrop that gives an insider's look at the people and politics of Washington D.C., while maintaining the heart and humor of two people falling in love against all odds. I loved it!"--Jenn McKinlay, New York Times bestselling author "Fans of The West Wing will enjoy this charming enemies-to-lovers tale!"--The Washington Independent Review of Books "Sassy, sweet and deliciously sexy, Meet You in the Middle is a wickedly fun read. Loved it!"--Nicola Marsh, USA Today bestselling author "A grin-worthy workplace romance perfect for fans of The Hating Game. The chemistry sizzles and the prank war is a crowd pleaser, but what brings it home is the characters' hard fought mutual respect."--Michelle Hazen, author of Unbreak MeWell-written, touching, and whip-smart...It's not just the rom-com we desperately need in 2021, it's the rom-com we deserve.--Evie Magazine A charming debut, adorable and a perfect rom-com read. A really enjoyable ride.--Future Female Leaders Book Club Chemistry so electric it sparks right off the page...I couldn't get enough. This was such a satisfying book.--Hitha Palepu, creator of 5 Smart Reads "Great writing and the slow, intense burn keeps you engaged...Truly a romance for our time." --East City Bookshop About The Author Devon Daniels is a born-and-bred California girl whose own love story found her transplanted to the Maryland shores of the Chesapeake Bay. She's a graduate of the University of Southern California and in her past life worked in marketing, product design, and music. When she's not writing, you'll find her clinging to her sanity as mom, chef, chauffeur, and referee to four children, or sneaking off with her husband for date nights in Washington, DC. Meet You in the Middle is her first novel.
Dune (Movie Tie-In) - by Frank Herbert (Paperback)
Dimensions (Overall): 9 Inches (H) x 1 Inches (W) x 6 Inches (D)Weight: 1 PoundsNumber of Pages: 704Genre: Fiction + Literature GenresSub-Genre: Science FictionSeries Title: DuneFormat: PaperbackPublisher: Ace BooksAuthor: Frank HerbertAge Range: AdultBook theme: Space OperaLanguage: English Book Synopsis SOON TO BE A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE directed by Denis Villeneuve, starring Timothée Chalamet, Josh Brolin, Jason Momoa, Zendaya, Rebecca Ferguson, Oscar Isaac, Javier Bardem, Dave Bautista, Stellan Skarsgård, and Charlotte Rampling. Frank Herbert's classic masterpiece--a triumph of the imagination and one of the bestselling science fiction novels of all time. A mythic and emotionally charged hero's journey, Dune tells the story of Paul Atreides, a brilliant and gifted young man born into a great destiny beyond his understanding, who must travel to the most dangerous planet in the universe to ensure the future of his family and his people. As malevolent forces explode into conflict over the planet's exclusive supply of the most precious resource in existence--a commodity capable of unlocking humanity's greatest potential--only those who can conquer their fear will survive. Review Quotes Praise for Dune "I know nothing comparable to it except The Lord of the Rings."--Arthur C. Clarke "It is possible that Dune is even more relevant now than when it was first published."--The New Yorker "An astonishing science fiction phenomenon."--The Washington Post "One of the monuments of modern science fiction."--Chicago Tribune "Powerful, convincing, and most ingenious."--Robert A. Heinlein "Herbert's creation of this universe, with its intricate development and analysis of ecology, religion, politics and philosophy, remains one of the supreme and seminal achievements in science fiction."--Louisville Times About the Author Frank Herbert is the bestselling author of the Dune saga. He was born in Tacoma, Washington, and educated at the University of Washington, Seattle. He worked a wide variety of jobs--including TV cameraman, radio commentator, oyster diver, jungle survival instructor, lay analyst, creative writing teacher, reporter and editor of several West Coast newspapers--before becoming a full-time writer. In 1952, Herbert began publishing science fiction with "Looking for Something?" in Startling Stories. But his emergence as a writer of major stature did not occur until 1965, with the publication of Dune. Dune Messiah, Children of Dune, God Emperor of Dune, Heretics of Dune, and Chapterhouse: Dune followed, completing the saga that the Chicago Tribune would call "one of the monuments of modern science fiction." Herbert is also the author of some twenty other books, including The White Plague, The Dosadi Experiment, and Destination: Void. He died in 1986.
Who Was Aretha Franklin Juvenile Nonfiction BY Nico Medina (Paperback)
Dimensions (Overall): 7.4 Inches (H) x 5.1 Inch (W) x .4 Inch (D)Weight: .25 PoundsNumber of Pages: 108Genre: Juvenile NonfictionSub-Genre: WomenSeries Title: Who Was...?Format: PaperbackPublisher: Penguin Group USAAuthor: Nico MedinaAge Range: 4-8 YearsLanguage: English About the Book Franklin is a musical and cultural icon who created an amazing legacy spanning six decades! With such iconic hits as "Respect" and "Think," and countless awards to her name including 18 Grammys, Aretha Franklin is one of the bestselling artists of all time. Illustrations. Book Synopsis There is only one QUEEN OF SOUL! Discover why Aretha Franklin garners so much R-E-S-P-E-C-T. Aretha Franklin was a musical and cultural icon whose legacy spanned six decades! Born in Memphis, Tennessee, in 1942, Aretha got her start singing in front of her father's Baptist congregation and found minor success as a gospel singer. She then set her sights on becoming a pop music artist and used her powerful voice and impressive skills on the piano to get a record deal. Aretha released her first of many celebrated albums at the age of 18. In 1987, she was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, making her the first female artist to grace the prestigious list. With iconic hits such as Respect and Think, and countless awards to her name including eighteen Grammys, Aretha Franklin was one of the bestselling artists of all time. About The Author Nico Medina is the author of Where Is Mount Everest? and Where Is Alcatraz? and three books in the Who Was? series.
Winterkeep - (Graceling Realm) by Kristin Cashore (Hardcover)
Dimensions (Overall): 8.6 Inches (H) x 5.7 Inch (W) x 1.7 Inch (D)Weight: 1.3 PoundsNumber of Pages: 528Genre: Juvenile FictionSub-Genre: FantasySeries Title: Graceling RealmFormat: HardcoverPublisher: Dial BooksAuthor: Kristin CashoreAge Range: TeenBook theme: EpicLanguage: English About the Book "Queen Bitterblue of Monsea must head to the nation of Winterkeep after her envoys drown in suspicious circumstances, and somewhere there, Lovisa Cavenda waits and watches while tragedy with devastating political and personal ramification strikes"-- Book Synopsis The highly anticipated next book in the New York Times bestselling, award-winning Graceling Realm series, which has sold 1.7 million copies. For the past five years, Bitterblue has reigned as Queen of Monsea, heroically rebuilding her nation after her father's horrific rule. After learning about the land of Torla in the east, she sends envoys to the closest nation there: Winterkeep--a place where telepathic foxes bond with humans, and people fly across the sky in wondrous airships. But when the envoys never return, having drowned under suspicious circumstances, Bitterblue sets off for Winterkeep herself, along with her spy Hava and her trusted colleague Giddon. On the way, tragedy strikes again--a tragedy with devastating political and personal ramifications. Meanwhile, in Winterkeep, Lovisa Cavenda waits and watches, a fire inside her that is always hungry. The teenage daughter of two powerful politicians, she is the key to unlocking everything--but only if she's willing to transcend the person she's been all her life. The Graceling Realm books are a companion series, not direct sequels, so they can be enjoyed in any order. Review Quotes A New York Times Best Seller ★ Cashore's fourth Graceling novel features two strong, but very different, female protagonists . . . this gripping tale of spies, romantic tension and moral dilemmas . . . [A] magnificent addition to the series. --Shelf Awareness, starred review ★ Delicately, inexorably plotted, this is a captivating novel of action and ideas . . . an accomplishment all the more admirable in that Cashore achieves it largely through characterization. --Horn Book, starred review ★ This long-awaited addition to the series exceeds expectations--with the action of Graceling, the political theater of Fire, and characters from Bitterblue, this title has something to offer all Cashore fans. --School Library Journal, starred review Cashore excels at finely drawn characters and realistic portrayals of toxic parents' effect on their children . . . this worthy addition to the series is sure to excite fans who, after eight years, may not have dared hope for another installment. This is both a timely primer on the dangers of a politically divided society and a good story. --Kirkus While the novel will please fans by following characters familiar from previous books, particularly Bitterblue (2012), Lovisa soon moves to center stage in a sometimes wrenching, increasingly absorbing coming-of-age story. Readers who admire Cashore's ability to create original settings, complex characters, and engaging narratives will find plenty to enjoy here. --Booklist The combination could have been entirely overwhelming, but Cashore pulls it off with aplomb, making the reader do the work to put together the clues from the various perspectives and see both the danger and the possible solutions--but not without some surprises. Cashore is making serious commentary on real world problems . . . savvy readers will make those connections and they'll appreciate the depth and complexity offered to those themes. --BCCB About The Author Kristin Cashore grew up in the northeast Pennsylvania countryside as the second of four daughters. She received a bachelor's degree from Williams College and a master's from the Center for the Study of Children's Literature at Simmons College, and she has worked as a dog runner, a packer in a candy factory, an editorial assistant, a legal assistant, and a freelance writer. She has lived in many places (including Sydney, New York City, Boston, London, Austin, and Jacksonville, Florida), and she currently lives in the Boston area. Her epic fantasy novels set in the Graceling Realm--Graceling, Fire, and Bitterblue--have won many awards and much high praise, including picks as ALA Best Books for Young Adults, School Library Journal Best Book of the Year, Booklist Editors Choice, and Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year. In addition, Graceling was shortlisted for the William C. Morris Debut Award and Fire is an Amelia Elizabeth Walden Book Award Winner.
Christmas by the Book - by Anne Marie Ryan (Paperback)
Dimensions (Overall): 9 Inches (H) x 1 Inches (W) x 6 Inches (D)Weight: 1 PoundsNumber of Pages: 320Genre: Fiction + Literature GenresSub-Genre: HolidaysFormat: PaperbackPublisher: G.P. Putnam's SonsAuthor: Anne Marie RyanAge Range: AdultLanguage: English Book Synopsis "A heartfelt and lovely Christmas tale for book lovers everywhere!"--Jenny Colgan, author of The Bookshop on the Shore In small-town England, two booksellers facing tough times decide to spread some Christmas cheer through the magic of anonymous book deliveries in this uplifting holiday tale for book lovers everywhere. Nora and her husband, Simon, have run the beautiful oak-beamed book shop in their small British village for thirty years. But times are tough and the shop is under threat of closure--this Christmas season will really decide their fate. When an elderly man visits the store and buys the one book they've never been able to sell, saying it's the perfect gift for his sick grandson, it gives Nora an idea. She and Simon will send out books to those feeling down this Christmas. Maybe they can't save their bookstore, but at least they'll have one final chance to lift people's spirits through the power of reading. After gathering nominations online, Nora and Simon quietly deliver books to six residents of the village in need of some festive cheer, including a single dad of twins who is working hard to make ends meet, a teenage boy grieving for his big sister, a local Member of Parliament who is battling depression, and a teacher who's newly retired and living on her own. As the town prepares for a white Christmas, the books begin to give the recipients hope, one by one. But with the future of the bookshop still up in the air, Nora and Simon will need a Christmas miracle--or perhaps a little help from the people whose lives they've touched--to find a happy ending of their own.... Review Quotes "A heartfelt and lovely Christmas tale for book lovers everywhere!"--Jenny Colgan, author of The Bookshop on the Corner Christmas by the Book sparkles with love and generosity--this book will make you believe in Christmas miracles.--Nancy Thayer, author of Let It Snow Reading Christmas by the Book is like eavesdropping in your favorite bookstore. The novel not only reminds us of the role such a bookstore plays in our communities but how random acts of kindness can heal us all. Ultimately, the novel is a testament to what happens when the perfect book finds us at the moment we need it most. Delightful and hopeful, this novel is the perfect Christmas treat.--Amy Meyerson, author of The Bookshop of Yesterdays "Like all of our most beloved Christmas stories, Anne Marie Ryan's big-hearted Christmas by the Book weaves together a tale of hope, community, friendship and love. It is warm reminder that real miracles happen when everyday people show up for each other. Best of all, it is a celebration of books, the way they can bring us together, make us stronger, and remind us that we are not alone. I know reading Christmas by the Book will become a part of my own holiday tradition, and I bet it will become a part of your, too."--Louise Miller, author of The City Baker's Guide to Country Living and The Late Bloomers' ClubA gift for booklovers everywhere. This is a sweet love letter penned by a talented writer who understands the magic and power of books to bring comfort and joy to readers. You'll want to buy two copies of this lovely novel--one to keep, and one to share.--Susan Wiggs, author of The Lost and Found Bookshop A proper feel-good Christmassy read, with a charmingly cosy setting, plenty of nicely-drawn characters and a real sense of community, plus an inspirational message that all booklovers can get behind.--Jackie Fraser, author of The Bookshop of Second Chances About the Author Anne Marie Ryan is a book editor at Hachette Children's Books in the UK, and has written and published children's books under several pseudonyms. She lives in London with her husband, two daughters, and an indifferent cat. Christmas by the Book is her first novel for adults.
The Perfect Son - by Lauren North (Paperback)
Dimensions (Overall): 8.2 Inches (H) x 5.5 Inch (W) x 1 Inch (D)Weight: .6 PoundsNumber of Pages: 368Genre: Fiction + Literature GenresSub-Genre: ThrillersFormat: PaperbackPublisher: Berkley BooksAuthor: Lauren NorthAge Range: AdultBook theme: PsychologicalLanguage: EnglishPraise for The Perfect Son "[An] emotionally harrowing debut...an intimate, unbalancing mix of grief, paranoia, gaslighting, maternal protectiveness, and profound compassion."--Publishers Weekly (starred review) "A powerful, unpredictable debut thriller about a mother's attempt to reassemble her life from the shards of tragedy. Lauren North's skillful narrative casts everyone as a suspect and keeps the reader guessing until the final, emotion-packed pages."--David Bell, USA Today bestselling author of Layover "A heart-rending evocation of grief that packs a devious punch. It left me reeling."--Lesley Kara, author of the international bestseller The Rumor "As satisfyingly intriguing and page-turning as you could possibly want. An emotional read--the end is a shocker!"--Emma Curtis, author of When I Find You "Beautifully written psychological suspense about the power of love after a life-changing loss. A sense of impending doom and foreboding gripped me from the first page....The ending is stunning and powerful."--Mary Torjussen, author of The Girl I Used To Be "A captivating, suspenseful thriller that draws you in--with a twist that will take your breath away."--T.M. Logan, author of Lies
My Inner Sky - by Mari Andrew (Hardcover)
Dimensions (Overall): 8.4 Inches (H) x 1.5 Inches (W) x 6.5 Inches (D)Weight: 1 PoundsNumber of Pages: 272Genre: Biography + AutobiographySub-Genre: Personal MemoirsFormat: HardcoverPublisher: Penguin BooksAuthor: Mari AndrewAge Range: AdultLanguage: English About the Book "From New York Times bestselling author Mari Andrew, a collection of essays and illustrations, divided into phases of the sky--twilight, golden hour, night, and dawn--that serves as a loyal companion for life's curveballs A whole, beautiful life is only made possible by the wide spectrum of feelings that exist between joy and sorrow. In this insightful and warm book, writer and illustrator Mari Andrew explores all the emotions that make up a life, in the process offering insights about trauma and healing, the meaning of home and the challenges of loneliness, finding love in the most unexpected of places--from birds nesting on a sculpture to a ride on the subway--and a resounding case for why sometimes you have to put yourself in the path of magic. My Inner Sky empowers us to transform everything that's happened to us into something meaningful, reassurance that even in our darkest times, there's light and beauty to be found"-- Book Synopsis From New York Times bestselling author Mari Andrew, a collection of essays and illustrations, divided into phases of the sky--twilight, golden hour, night, and dawn--that serves as a loyal companion for life's curveballs A whole, beautiful life is only made possible by the wide spectrum of feelings that exist between joy and sorrow. In this insightful and warm book, writer and illustrator Mari Andrew explores all the emotions that make up a life, in the process offering insights about trauma and healing, the meaning of home and the challenges of loneliness, finding love in the most unexpected of places--from birds nesting on a sculpture to a ride on the subway--and a resounding case for why sometimes you have to put yourself in the path of magic. My Inner Sky empowers us to transform everything that's happened to us into something meaningful, reassurance that even in our darkest times, there's light and beauty to be found. Review Quotes Praise for My Inner Sky "There's something about Mari Andrew's words and illustrations that make you feel at home. My Inner Sky reminds readers of the shared grief, joy, and sorrow that we experience throughout life--and how to cope with it."--Marie Claire "Looking for a grounding read? This collection of essays and illustrations can help you out with that. It's broken into four dreamy sections: twilight, golden hour, night, and dawn. Each one tackles emotions-from trying to heal after trauma to finding love in surprising places. Plus, this book will look cute on your coffee table when you're finished with it."--Cosmopolitan "A bestselling author writes poignantly about finding beauty in darkness and hope in the face of despair. She's my favorite Instagram poet (yes, that's a thing), and it's hard to imagine finding a brighter source of light than her words and illustrations."--Adam Grant, award-winning psychologist, author, educator, and public speaker "To say this year has been challenging is an understatement and it's easy to despair at the scale of the loss we are collectively experiencing accross the globe. This book is a reminder that healing is humbling, that resilience is beautiful, that there is joy in choosing yourself and that life is made of little moments worth paying attention to and celebrating. Mari makes no grand pronouncements and doesn't offer any easy advice. Instead she shares with us one word and one illustration at a time why being alive is so damn worth it."--Aminatou Sow, author of Big Friendship "Mari Andrew's words and artwork in My Inner Sky are exactly what the world needs now: hopeful, uplifting, and healing. This book is for anyone who needs an infusion of light in their life."--Ally Love, founder and CEO of Love Squad, Peloton instructor, and host of Basics of Bossing Up "Mari Andrew is so relatably thrilled, frustrated, and fascinated by life--so recognizably human--that it's impossible not to root for her, and in doing so, root for all of us. My Inner Sky is the deep, peaceful exhale everyone needs right now and always."--Mary Laura Philpott, author of I Miss You When I Blink "Mari Andrew has a jeweler's eye. She teaches us to look at the world, and then to look again--to make a scared ritual of the ordinary, to search for magic in the mundane, and to excavate beauty from pain. Her collection of essays, My Inner Sky, is an enchanting, big-hearted study of how to navigate the in-betweenness of grief, illness, love and, ultimately, of healing. Through Andrew's stories, we travel through her innermost thoughts, the turbulent passages of her past, and all around the world--Spain, Greece, Australia, France, and the streets of New York City. At each turn, she uncovers hard-earned coins of wisdom in the most unlikely places. This book is a wonder, and a must-read for the heartsick, the suffering, the lonely, the seeking, which is to say: All of us."--Suleika Jaouad, author of Between Two Kingdoms "A timely and modern prompt to allow, even celebrate, the full spectrum of emotion and experience into our lives, the pain, the splendor, and the many, many nuances in between."--Zoë Foster Blake, author of Break-Up Boss "Her astonishment with human resilience jumps off every page. Her prose and her artwork both paint generous, vivid portraits of her emotional self. Perfect for fans of Elizabeth Gilbert's Big Magic (2015)."--Booklist About The Author Mari Andrew is a writer, artist, and speaker based in New York City. She is the author of Am I There Yet? and posts her writing and illustrations on Instagram at @bymariandrew.
Vox - Reprint by Christina Dalcher (Paperback)
Dimensions (Overall): 8.2 Inches (H) x 5.4 Inch (W) x 1 Inch (D)Weight: .65 PoundsNumber of Pages: 336Genre: Fiction + Literature GenresSub-Genre: Women, Thrillers, DystopianFormat: PaperbackPublisher: Penguin Group USAAuthor: Christina DalcherAge Range: AdultBook theme: PoliticalLanguage: English About the Book On the day the government decrees that women are no longer allowed more than one hundred words per day, Dr. Jean McClellan is in denial. This can't happen here. Not in America. Not to her. This is just the beginning. Soon women are not permitted to hold jobs. Girls are not taught to read or write. Females no longer have a voice. Before, the average person spoke sixteen thousand words each day, but now women have only one hundred to make themselves heard. For herself, her daughter, and every woman silenced, Jean will reclaim her voice. Book Synopsis THE NATIONAL BESTSELLER - ONE OF ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY'S AND SHEREADS' BOOKS TO READ AFTER THE HANDMAID'S TALE"[An] electrifying debut."--O, The Oprah Magazine "The real-life parallels will make you shiver."--Cosmopolitan Set in a United States in which half the population has been silenced, Vox is the harrowing, unforgettable story of what one woman will do to protect herself and her daughter. On the day the government decrees that women are no longer allowed more than one hundred words per day, Dr. Jean McClellan is in denial. This can't happen here. Not in America. Not to her. Soon women are not permitted to hold jobs. Girls are not taught to read or write. Females no longer have a voice. Before, the average person spoke sixteen thousand words each day, but now women have only one hundred to make themselves heard. For herself, her daughter, and every woman silenced, Jean will reclaim her voice. This is just the beginning...not the end. One of Good Morning America's "Best Books to Bring to the Beach This Summer"One of PopSugar, Refinery29, Entertainment Weekly, Bustle, Real Simple, i09, and Amazon's Best Books to Read in August 2018 Review Quotes PRAISE FOR VOX "Christina Dalcher's debut novel, set in a recognizable near future and sure to beg comparisons to Margaret Atwood's dystopian The Handmaid's Tale, asks: if the number of words you could speak each day was suddenly and severely limited, what would you do to be heard? A novel ripe for the era of #MeToo, VOX (Berkley) presents an exaggerated scenario of women lacking a voice: in the United States, they are subject to a hundred-word limit per day (on average, a human utters about 16,000). Considering the threat of a society in which children like the protagonist's six-year-old daughter are deprived of language, VOX highlights the urgency of movements like #MeToo, but also of the basic importance of language."--Vanity Fair "The females in Dalcher's electrifying debut are permitted to speak just 100 words a day--and that's especially difficult for the novel's protagonist, Jean, a neurolinguist. A futurist thriller that feels uncomfortably plausible."--O, The Oprah Magazine "In Christina Dalcher's Vox, women are only allowed to speak 100 words a day. Sounds pretty sci-fi, but the real-life parallels will make you shiver."--Cosmopolitan "Vox is a real page-turner that will appeal to people with big imaginations."--Refinery29 "Fittingly, this book about women being silenced has got everybody talking and calling it The Handmaid's Tale for 2018."--Bustle "VOX is intelligent, suspenseful, provocative, and intensely disturbing--everything a great novel should be."--Lee Child, #1 New York Times bestselling author "Chilling and gripping--a real page-turner."--Karen Cleveland, New York Times bestselling author of Need to Know "A bold, brilliant, and unforgettable debut."--Alice Feeney, author of Sometimes I Lie "With language crystalline and gleaming, and a narrative that really moves, Christina Dalcher both cautions and captivates. The names that come to mind are Margaret Atwood, George Orwell, and Aldous Huxley--had Orwell and Huxley had a taste of the information age. VOX is a book for the dystopic present. It woke me up."--Melissa Broder, author of The Pisces "[A] provocative debut...Dalcher's novel carries an undeniably powerful message."--Publishers Weekly "A petrifying re-imagining of The Handmaid's Tale in the present and a timely reminder of the power and importance of language."--Marta Bausells, ELLE UK "This book will blow your mind. The Handmaid's Tale meets Only Ever Yours meets The Power."--Nina Pottell, Prima About The Author Christina Dalcher earned her doctorate in theoretical linguistics from Georgetown University. She specializes in the phonetics of sound change in Italian and British dialects and has taught at several universities. Her short stories and flash fiction appear in more than one hundred journals worldwide. Recognition includes first place for the Bath Flash Award, nominations for the Pushcart Prize, and multiple other awards. She lives in Norfolk, Virginia, with her husband.
The Big Kahuna - (Fox and O'Hare) by Janet Evanovich & Peter Evanovich (Paperback)
Dimensions (Overall): 7.5 Inches (H) x 4.1 Inch (W) x 1 Inch (D)Weight: .4 PoundsNumber of Pages: 320Genre: Fiction + Literature GenresSub-Genre: Mystery & DetectiveSeries Title: Fox and O'HareFormat: PaperbackPublisher: G.P. Putnam's SonsAuthor: Janet Evanovich & Peter EvanovichAge Range: AdultBook theme: Women SleuthsLanguage: English Book Synopsis A stoner, an Instagram model, a Czech oligarch, and a missing unicorn. Nick Fox and Kate O'Hare have their work cut out for them in their weirdest, wildest adventure yet in this New York Times bestseller by Janet and Peter Evanovich. Straight arrow FBI Agent Kate O'Hare always plays by the rules. Charming Con Man Nicholas Fox makes them up as he goes along. She thinks he's nothing but a scoundrel. He thinks she just needs to lighten up. They're working together to tackle the out-of-bounds cases ordinary FBI agents can't touch. And, their relationship? Well, there hasn't been so much explosive chemistry since Nitro was introduced to Glycerin. Next on the docket: The mysterious disappearance of the Silicon Valley billionaire, known as the Big Kahuna. Kate's been assigned to find him but no one seems particularly keen on helping. His twenty-six year old adult actress wife-turned Instagram model wife and his shady Czech business partner are more interested in gaining control of his company. For that they need a dead body not a living Kahuna. The only lead they have is the Kahuna's drop-out son, who's living the dream in Hawaii - if your dream is starting your day with the perfect wave and ending it with a big bowl of weed. To get close to the Kahuna's son, Kate and Nick go undercover as a married couple in the big wave, bohemian, surfer community of Paia, Maui. Living a laid back, hippy-dippy lifestyle isn't exactly in Kate's wheelhouse, but the only thing more horrifying is setting up house with Nick Fox, even if he does look pretty gnarly on a longboard. If they don't catch a break soon, waves aren't the only thing she's going to be shredding (or bedding). About The Author Janet Evanovich is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Stephanie Plum series, the Fox and O'Hare series and the Knight and Moon series. Peter Evanovich is Janet's son. He has been an important part of the Evanovich writing team since the beginning of the Plum series.
The Lady Upstairs - by Halley Sutton (Paperback)
Number of Pages: 320Genre: Fiction + Literature GenresSub-Genre: ThrillersFormat: PaperbackPublisher: G.P. Putnam's SonsAuthor: Halley SuttonAge Range: AdultBook theme: CrimeLanguage: English About the Book "Jo's job is blackmailing the most lecherous men in Los Angeles--handsy Hollywood producers, adulterous actors, corrupt cops. Sure, she likes the money she's making, which comes in handy for the debt she is paying off, but it's also a chance to take back power for the women of the city. Eager to prove herself to her coworker Lou and their enigmatic boss, known only as the Lady Upstairs, Jo takes on bigger and riskier jobs. When one of her cartnears is murdered, both the Lady Upstairs and the LAPD have Jo in their sights"-- Book Synopsis A racy and hard-to-put-down piece of neo-noir.--Washington Post A modern-day noir featuring a twisty cat-and-mouse chase, this dark debut thriller tells the story of a woman who makes a living taking down terrible men...then finds herself in over her head and with blood on her hands. The only way out? Pull off one final con. Jo's job is blackmailing the most lecherous men in Los Angeles--handsy Hollywood producers, adulterous actors, corrupt cops. Sure, she likes the money she's making, which comes in handy for the debt she is paying off, but it's also a chance to take back power for the women of the city. Eager to prove herself to her coworker Lou and their enigmatic boss, known only as the Lady Upstairs, Jo takes on bigger and riskier jobs. When one of her cartnears is murdered, both the Lady Upstairs and the LAPD have Jo in their sights. Desperate to escape the consequences of her failed job, she decides to take on just one more sting--bringing down a rising political star. It's her biggest con yet--and she will do it behind the Lady's back, freeing both herself and Lou. But Jo soon learns that Lou and the Lady have secrets of their own, and that no woman is safe when there is a life-changing payout on the line. A delicious debut thriller crackling with wit and an unforgettable feminist voice, The Lady Upstairs is a chilling and endlessly surprising take on female revenge. Review Quotes "[A] sizzling debut. . . Sutton's assured and moody prose often channels the best classic LA noir, but this deliciously tawdry and twisty tale is entirely her own. Readers who savor crime stories featuring complex, unapologetic women will be hooked. A scorching, knockout noir from an author to watch.--Kirkus Reviews (starred review) One of PopSugar's Most Exciting Books of Fall 2020One of CrimeReads Best Psychological Thrillers of 2020"Halley Sutton's The Lady Upstairs feels like an instant classic. The noir tale of a woman who delivers her own brand of vigilante justice to the most disgusting men in Los Angeles is full of shocking twists and turns that will leave you gasping -- and turning the pages."--Popsugar "The con game, coupled with blackmail, receives an intriguing update in The Lady Upstairs, as Halley Sutton skillfully melds a feminist noir approach with a contemporary femme fatale in her debut...The suspenseful Lady Upstairs grows darker--and richer--by the page as betrayals mount....Sutton's sharp prose and keen eye for noir situations elevate The Lady Upstairs."--Shelf Awareness Come for the atmosphere; stay for the clever twists.--CrimeReads "Crackling with wit and style, The Lady Upstairs is as noir as they come. It's compulsively, irresistibly readable -- and it'll take you places you'll never guess. Think you know how it all turns out? You don't."--BookTrib Like all the best noirs, this is a story that will cling like cigarette smoke long after you put it down.--Criminal Element "Gritty and devious, this debut thriller burrows into the idea of the revenge fantasy, and plot twists come so quickly that readers will be left breathless. A vicious, noir-soaked look at one way women choose to seize power in this world."--Booklist Sutton's stylish, edgy prose and strong female characters will delight fans of American noir. Hopefully, Jo will be back soon.--Publishers Weekly "Halley Sutton's propulsive, delectable noir is one of the most thrilling debuts I can remember. With a pair of utterly captivating femmes fatales at its dark and twisty heart, The Lady Upstairs is sharp, sly, and crackling with erotic tension. I didn't just read this one--I devoured it."--Elizabeth Little, author of Dear Daughter Sharp, sexy, and unrelentingly devious, The Lady Upstairs is a page-turner that will leave you breathless. Set in darkened bars and hotel rooms across Los Angeles and starring the feminist antihero of our dreams, this is a debut that is not to be missed.--Kathleen Barber, author of Truth Be Told and Follow Me "Taking its place in the tradition of noir, with all of noir's cynicism, its jaundiced views of modern capitalism, and its inherent pessimism toward human relationships, The Lady Upstairs is masterful. Sutton's biting language has its own grim, hard rhythm."--Alfred Hitchcock Magazine The Lady Upstairs is seductive, and as sharp as a knife sliding between your ribs. Feminist noir that should scare a few awful men into better behavior. Loved it.--Lori Rader-Day, author of The Lucky One "Halley Sutton's The Lady Upstairs is a haunting, unforgettable debut that sizzles with menace and charm. This dark noir is loaded with mesmerizing characterization and a taut, always-moving plot that left me thirsty for more. Packed with well-crafted twists and a hypnotic voice, Sutton evokes the work of authors like Alafair Burke and Megan Abbott while adding her own unique verve and fire. I loved this book." --Alex Segura, acclaimed author of Blackout and Miami Midnight Sultry, captivating, and electric with tension, The Lady Upstairs delivers a plot that must be devoured, in language that must be savored. With sharp, magnetic prose, Halley Sutton dives into the darkness of women's lives, illuminating how venom and vulnerability are often two sides of the same coin. Empowering and terrifying, this timely noir will keep you in its grip from its arresting first lines to its exquisite final chapter. --Megan Collins, author of The Winter Sister "I couldn't put The Lady Upstairs down. Halley Sutton's debut crackles with the unmistakable voice of its heroine, a cynical, wisecracking femme fatale straight out of a Raymond Chandler novel, who becomes enmeshed in a twisty tale of greed, betrayal, and vengeance. As dark as Megan Abbott and as voice-y as Lisa Lutz, this astoundingly self-assured debut ranks its author alongside the best in her genre. The Lady Upstairs is L.A. noir at its finest."--Amy Gentry, author of Good as Gone and Last Woman Standing "Savvy, seductive, twisted--noir at its best. Shrewd women enact vengeance to fill their empty pocketbooks and hollow souls. Sutton's timely plot will chill and resonate beyond the page." -Vicki Hendricks, author of Miami Purity This diamond-blade feminist noir is near impossible to put down. Jo, the new queen of unlikeable female protagonists, exploits the wrongdoings of Los Angeles' sleaziest men in power while frantic to get out from underneath a mountain of debt to a woman--the Lady Upstairs--who threatens to crush her. A stunning new voice in LA Noir, Halley Sutton has set the bar high. I can't wait to see what she comes up with next.--Wendy Heard, author of Hunting Annabelle If either Thelma or Louise opted not to drive off that cliff, and instead took up residence in LA and began systematically righting some big wrongs, you'd have Halley Sutton's con-woman Jo: the ass-kicking anti-hero our world desperately needs. The Lady Upstairs is a stunning debut, noir as hell, filled with complex and daunting characters, and just a real good time. --Tod Goldberg author of Gangsterland and Gangster Nation Sharp as a stiletto and twice as sexy, The Lady Upstairs is the smart, sultry noir we need right now. Sutton's feminist femme fatale heroine will seduce and intoxicate you, and you'll love every second of it.--Layne Fargo, author of TemperAn astonishing and brilliant debut. A twisty, perfectly plotted, feminist crime noir that juxtaposes the glittering LA social scene with its gritty underbelly, this thriller sizzles with tension. Sutton is a sensational writer, with one of the most intriguing protagonists I've ever come across. She is an author everyone will be talking about. --Samantha M. Bailey, author of Woman on the Edge About The Author Halley Sutton is a writer and editor who lives in Los Angeles. She is a Pitch Wars mentor and holds a bachelor's degree in creative writing from the University of California Santa Cruz, and a master's degree in writing from Otis College of Art and Design. The Lady Upstairs is her debut novel.
The Vanishing Half - by Brit Bennett (Hardcover)
Dimensions (Overall): 9.3 Inches (H) x 6.2 Inch (W) x 1.2 Inch (D)Weight: 1.22 PoundsNumber of Pages: 352Genre: Fiction + Literature GenresSub-Genre: WomenFormat: HardcoverPublisher: Riverhead BooksAuthor: Brit BennettAge Range: AdultLanguage: English About the Book "The Good Morning America Book Club, a GMA Club pick!"--Jacket. Book Synopsis #1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER ONE OF BARACK OBAMA'S FAVORITE BOOKS OF THE YEARNAMED A BEST BOOK OF 2020 BY THE NEW YORK TIMES * THE WASHINGTON POST * NPR * PEOPLE * TIME MAGAZINE* VANITY FAIR * GLAMOUR "Bennett's tone and style recalls James Baldwin and Jacqueline Woodson, but it's especially reminiscent of Toni Morrison's 1970 debut novel, The Bluest Eye." --Kiley Reid, Wall Street Journal "A story of absolute, universal timelessness ...For any era, it's an accomplished, affecting novel. For this moment, it's piercing, subtly wending its way toward questions about who we are and who we want to be...." - Entertainment Weekly From The New York Times-bestselling author of The Mothers, a stunning new novel about twin sisters, inseparable as children, who ultimately choose to live in two very different worlds, one black and one white.The Vignes twin sisters will always be identical. But after growing up together in a small, southern black community and running away at age sixteen, it's not just the shape of their daily lives that is different as adults, it's everything: their families, their communities, their racial identities. Many years later, one sister lives with her black daughter in the same southern town she once tried to escape. The other secretly passes for white, and her white husband knows nothing of her past. Still, even separated by so many miles and just as many lies, the fates of the twins remain intertwined. What will happen to the next generation, when their own daughters' storylines intersect? Weaving together multiple strands and generations of this family, from the Deep South to California, from the 1950s to the 1990s, Brit Bennett produces a story that is at once a riveting, emotional family story and a brilliant exploration of the American history of passing. Looking well beyond issues of race, The Vanishing Half considers the lasting influence of the past as it shapes a person's decisions, desires, and expectations, and explores some of the multiple reasons and realms in which people sometimes feel pulled to live as something other than their origins. As with her New York Times-bestselling debut The Mothers, Brit Bennett offers an engrossing page-turner about family and relationships that is immersive and provocative, compassionate and wise. Review Quotes Named a BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR by The New York Times, The Washington Post, Time, NPR, Entertainment Weekly, Vulture, USA Today, GQ, Vanity Fair, Harper's Bazaar, Glamour, and Bustle Praise for The Vanishing Half "[Bennett's] second [book], The Vanishing Half, more than lives up to her early promise. . . more expansive yet also deeper, a multi-generational family saga that tackles prickly issues of racial identity and bigotry and conveys the corrosive effects of secrets and dissembling. It's also a great read that will transport you out of your current circumstances, whatever they are. . . Like The Mothers, this novel keeps you turning pages not just to find out what happens." --NPR "Bennett's gorgeously written second novel, an ambitious meditation on race and identity, considers the divergent fates of twin sisters, born in the Jim Crow South, after one decides to pass for white. Bennett balances the literary demands of dynamic characterization with the historical and social realities of her subject matter."--The New York Times "An eloquent new entry to literature on that most vital of subjects, identity, The Vanishing Half is the novel of the year."--TIME"A story of absolute, universal timelessness -- a story of what it means to simply be, to grow up and define oneself and reinvent, to negotiate a place in the world. It's also a deeply American story, rigorously engaged with a country's racist past and present, while interrogative of its foundational values, like choice and legacy. For any era, it's an accomplished, affecting novel. For this moment, it's piercing, subtly wending its way toward questions about who we are and who we want to be...." --Entertainment Weekly "Beautifully written, thought-provoking and immersive... Issues of privilege, inter-generational trauma, the randomness and unfairness of it all, are teased apart in all their complexity, within a story that also touches on universal themes of love, identity and belonging... The Vanishing Half, with its clever premise and strongly developed characters, is unputdownable and highly recommended." --Associated Press "Bennett pulls it off brilliantly... Few novels manage to remain interesting from start to finish, even -- maybe especially -- the brilliant ones. But... Bennett locks readers in and never lets them go... Stunning...She leaves any weighty parallels -- between, for example, racial and gender determinism -- to the reader. Her restraint is the novel's great strength, and it's tougher than it looks... The Vanishing Half speaks ultimately of a universal vanishing. It concerns the half of everyone that disappears once we leave home -- love or hate the place, love or hate ourselves." --Los Angeles Times "Provides a meditation on the nuance of race that feels important, now more than ever. It's the kind of novel that demands to be read -- a propulsive, heartfelt work that keeps its reader both glued to the page and chastened by the idea that soon the experience will come to an end. . . You can call The Vanishing Half an escape, but it's a meaningful one." --InStyle My hope is that the warranted praise Ms. Bennett receives for this novel will have less to do with her efficient handling of timely, or 'relevant, ' subject matter than for her insights into the mysterious compound of what we call truth: a mixture of the identities we're born with and those we create.--Wall Street Journal "Reinvention and erasure are two sides of the same coin. Bennett asks us to consider the meaning of authenticity when we are faced with racism, colorism, sexism and homophobia. What price do we pay to be ourselves? How many of us choose to escape what is expected of us? And what happens to the other side of the equation, the side we leave behind? The Vanishing Half answers all these questions in this exquisite story of love, survival and triumph." --The Washington Post "A stunning page-turner... It's a powerful story about family, compassion, identity and roots... You will be thinking about The Vanishing Half long after you turn the final page." --Good Morning America "Brilliant ... The Vanishing Half is at once a crowning jewel within that body of work and a standalone achievement that transcends the subject, a deeply human exploration of relationships and one of the most un-put-downable reads of the year. - GQ "Intricately plotted, exceedingly moving story...with insights into the social and cultural history of passing, while telling what is at heart a tender story about sisterhood, identity and, as Bennett said, 'the endlessly interesting question of which elements in our identity are innate, and which do we choose?'--San Francisco Chronicle "Nuanced and deeply moving, The Vanishing Half is an unforgettable meditation on family, privilege, and belonging." - Esquire "The legacy of Toni Morrison looms large in The Vanishing Half." - Vox "If you're looking to escape into a fictional story, Bennett brilliantly examines race and identity, family and history, and love and belonging--and it just may make you reflect on the realities of your own." - Forbes "Breathtaking plot." --People "[The Vanishing Half] is a dazzling mosaic exploring racism, colorism, and the expectations we place on the ones we love the most." - Marie Claire I don't think I've read a book that covers passing in the way that this one does . . epic. --Kiley Reid in O, the Oprah Magazine "Here, in her sensitive, elegant prose, [Bennett] evokes both the strife of racism, and what it does to a person even if they can evade some of its elements."--Vogue "Bennett creates a striking portrait of racial identity in America." --TIME "Bennett writes like a master, reminiscent of Toni Morrison, Anne Tyler and Elizabeth Strout." --BookPage "One of Bennett's gifts as a writer is this: Her plots entertain you while her characters make you think. In this case, about race, gender, privilege, and the ways an identity can be built, challenged, and rebuilt." - Goop "This is sure to be one of 2020's best and boldest... A tale of family, identity, race, history, and perception, Bennett's next masterpiece is a triumph of character-driven narrative." --Elle "A marvel...The Vanishing Half is an intergenerational examination of identity, and what it's like to grow up in a body you've been conditioned to feel ashamed of. It's a poignant family story that doesn't shy away from the intersections of race, class, and gender--all while capturing the reader's heart and mind in a way only Bennett can." --The Rumpus Irresistible ... an intergenerational epic of race and reinvention, love and inheritance, divisions made and crossed, binding trauma, and the ever-present past. --Booklist, STARRED Review Assured and magnetic. . .Bennett is deeply engaged in the unknowability of other people and the scourge of colorism...calls up Toni Morrison's The Bluest Eye, the book's 50-year-old antecedent. . . . [a] rich, sharp story about the way identity is formed.--Kirkus, STARRED review Impressive ... This prodigious follow-up surpasses Bennett's formidable debut.--Publishers Weekly, STARRED review "The Vanishing Half is an utterly mesmerising novel, which gripped me from the first word to the last. It seduces with its literary flair, surprises with its breath-taking plot twists, delights with its psychological insights, and challenges us to consider the corrupting consequences of racism on different communities and individual lives. I absolutely loved this book." --Bernardine Evaristo, Booker Prize winning author of Girl, Woman, Other "The detail and the feeling showcased in every sentence Brit Bennett writes is breath taking. The Vanishing Half is a novel that shows just how human emotion, uncertainty and longing can be captured and put on paper." --Candice Carty-Williams, author of Queenie A novel of immense, shining, powerful intelligence." --Deborah Levy, two-time Booker shortlisted novelist "An impressive and arresting novel. Perceptive in its insights and poised in execution, this is an important, timely examination of the impact of race on personality, experience and relationships." --Diana Evans, the Orange Award winning author of Ordinary People "The Vanishing Half should mark the induction of Brit Bennett into the small group of likely successors to Toni Morrison, Zora Neale Hurston, and Nella Larsen.." --Sara Collins, author of The Confessions of Frannie Langton About The Author Born and raised in Southern California, Brit Bennett graduated from Stanford University and later earned her MFA in fiction at the University of Michigan. Her debut novel The Mothers was a New York Times bestseller, and her second novel The Vanishing Half was an instant #1 New York Times bestseller. She is a National Book Foundation 5 Under 35 honoree and in 2021, she was chosen as one of Time's Next 100 Influential People. Her essays have been featured in The New Yorker, the New York Times Magazine, The Paris Review, and Jezebel.
A Most Clever Girl - by Stephanie Marie Thornton (Paperback)
Dimensions (Overall): 9 Inches (H) x 1 Inches (W) x 6 Inches (D)Weight: 1 PoundsNumber of Pages: 416Genre: Fiction + Literature GenresSub-Genre: HistoricalFormat: PaperbackPublisher: Berkley BooksAuthor: Stephanie Marie ThorntonAge Range: AdultBook theme: World War IILanguage: English About the Book "A thrilling tale of love, loyalty, and espionage, based on the incredible true story of Elizabeth Bentley, a Cold War double agent spying for the Russians and the United States, from USA Today bestselling author Stephanie Marie Thornton. 1963: Reeling from the death of her mother and President Kennedy's assassination, Catherine Gray shows up on Elizabeth Bentley's doorstep demanding answers to the shocking mystery just uncovered about her family. What she doesn't expect is for Bentley to ensnare her in her own story of becoming a controversial World War II spy and Cold War informer... Recruited by the American Communist Party to spy on fascists at the outbreak of World War II, a young Bentley-code name Clever Girl-finds she has an unexpected gift for espionage. But after falling desperately in love with her handler, Jacob Golos, Elizabeth makes another unexpected discovery when she learns her lover is actually a Russian spy. Together, they will build the largest Soviet spy network in America and Elizabeth will become its uncrowned Red Spy Queen. However, once the war ends and the U.S. and U.S.S.R. become embroiled in the Cold War, it is Elizabeth who will dangerously clash with the NKVD, the brutal Soviet espionage agency. As Catherine listens to Elizabeth's harrowing tale, she empathizes with her, that is, until she uncovers startling revelations that link the two women's lives in shocking ways. Faced with the idea that her entire existence is based on a lie, Catherine realizes there can be many sides to the truth. And only Elizabeth Bentley can tell her what that truth really is"-- Book Synopsis A thrilling novel of love, loyalty, and espionage, based on the incredible true story of Elizabeth Bentley, a Cold War double agent spying for the Russians and the United States, from USA Today bestselling author Stephanie Marie Thornton. 1963: Reeling from the death of her mother and President Kennedy's assassination, Catherine Gray shows up on Elizabeth Bentley's doorstep demanding answers to the shocking mystery she just uncovered about her family. What she doesn't expect is for Bentley to ensnare her in her own story of becoming a controversial World War II spy and Cold War informer... Recruited by the American Communist Party to spy on fascists at the outbreak of World War II, a young Bentley--code name Clever Girl--finds she has an unexpected gift for espionage. But after falling desperately in love with her handler, Elizabeth makes another surprise discovery when she learns he is actually a Russian spy. Together, they will build the largest Soviet spy network in America and Elizabeth will become its uncrowned Red Spy Queen. However, once the war ends and the U.S. and U.S.S.R. become embroiled in the Cold War, it is Elizabeth who will dangerously clash with the NKVD, the brutal Soviet espionage agency. As Catherine listens to Elizabeth's harrowing tale, she discovers that the women's lives are linked in shocking ways. Faced with the idea that her entire existence is based on a lie, Catherine realizes that only Elizabeth Bentley can tell her what the truth really is. Review Quotes Thornton is a rare talent who always pairs fast-pace writing with excellent research, and A Most Clever Girl is a fascinating true Cold War story by a gifted storyteller.--Stephanie Dray, New York Times bestselling author of The Women of Chateau Lafayette "Take a firecracker of a plot and add to it the true story of a female double agent and the result is one explosive and unforgettable story. Elizabeth Bentley is a complicated and absorbing woman and her life as a spy for both the Russians and the Americans makes for a fascinating tale, told with immense skill by Stephanie Marie Thornton."--Natasha Lester, New York Times bestselling author of The Paris Seamstress John Le Carré has nothing on Stephanie Thornton. She takes the Cold War spy novel to a whole new level with this fast-paced, multifaceted drama about Elizabeth Bentley, the real-life Russian Spy turned FBI informant. Thornton gets to the heart of a woman seeking redemption after leading a tortured life of bad politics and impossible choices. I couldn't put A Most Clever Girl down and now I can't stop thinking about it. Bravo!"--Renée Rosen, author of Park Avenue Summer Stephanie Marie Thornton's A Most Clever Girl, the harrowing tale of an American Cold War spy, is as moving as it is thought provoking. Brimming with danger, unexpected twists, and heart-shattering love, the pages of this novel all but turned themselves. Nuanced, complicated characters not only kept me guessing until the very end, but stayed with me long after I finished the book. Captivating and unforgettable, this is a must read!--Kristin Beck, author of Courage, My Love "With meticulous research and a rare gift for breathing life into historical figures, Stephanie Marie Thornton follows the true story of a complex and fascinating woman--American spy Elizabeth Bentley. Filled with danger, intrigue, love and loss, A Most Clever Girl is a powerhouse novel, exquisitely written and utterly gripping."--Christine Wells, author of Sisters of the ResistanceAnd They Called It Camelot is the book club pick of the year. Stephanie Marie Thornton brings an American icon to life: Jackie the debutante, the First Lady, the survivor who at last becomes the heroine of her own story.--Kate Quinn, New York Times bestselling author of The Huntress "An extraordinary profile of the courage and grace of the indomitable Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis, And They Called it Camelot is impeccably researched and richly drawn. Thornton celebrates the former First Lady's life in a sweeping account filled with poignant intimacy. Readers are instantly transported to Jackie's version of Camelot as they immerse themselves in the fascinating and tumultuous history of the times. An unputdownable, unforgettable read."--Chanel Cleeton, New York Times bestselling author of The Last Train to Key West "Addictive, dishy, and emotionally haunting, this novel paints an intimate portrait of a tumultuous marriage that played out on the world's stage and ended in national tragedy. Loving and losing one of history's most charismatic American presidents marks Jaqueline Kennedy's life ever after, but oh, how she rises up from the ashes. Vivid, engrossing, and utterly unforgettable, And They Called It Camelot is Thornton's best work yet."--Stephanie Dray, New York Times bestselling coauthor of America's First Daughter "Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis leaves an enduring (and intimidating) legacy; for a writer, finding something new and meaningful to say about her is a daunting task. Thornton harnesses her immense talent for historical fiction and combines it with a biographer's immersive research to create a rich portrait that is both intimate and thoughtful while also wildly addictive. I tore through these pages and you will too. Thornton gifts her readers with a fresh appreciation for the indomitable woman behind the iconic sunglasses."--Steven Rowley, author of The Editor, on And They Called It CamelotStephanie Thornton has compellingly and sympathetically humanized an American icon. Well researched and beautifully written, And They Called It Camelot is compulsively readable historical fiction!--Laura Kamoie, New York Times Bestselling Coauthor of My Dear HamiltonIn her rich, fascinating account of Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis' life, author Stephanie Marie Thornton effortlessly transports us back in time....A powerful and uplifting portrayal."--Woman's World, on And They Called It Camelot "Thornton captures a celebrity with whom the world mourned in November 1963, but her down-to-earth approach has given us the opportunity for a more intimate and less sensational look at Jackie, the wife and mother. Highly recommended."--Historical Novel Society, on And They Called It Camelot "Even if you think you know the story of Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis, you're in for rare behind-the-scenes look at the former First Lady's life. Stephanie Thornton has channeled this iconic woman and delivers such an intimate portrait, at times I had to remind myself that this is a novel and not Kennedy's own memoir. Such an ambitious undertaking and Thornton not only pulls it off, she hits it out of the park. This book is nothing short of magical."--Renée Rosen, Author of Park Avenue Summer, on And They Called It Camelot"This book grabbed me from page one and wouldn't let me go. A multi-dimensional imagining of the trials and triumphs of Jaqueline Bouvier Kennedy, And They Called It Camelot will make you rethink everything you thought you knew about this remarkable First Lady. Full of glamour, scandal, and heartache, this is a novel you will want to discuss with all of your friends."--Kerri Maher, Author of The Girl in White Gloves"Students of history will appreciate Thornton's exacting research and convincing portrayal of the first lady and style icon, and Kennedy aficionados will feel as if they have an unparalleled access to Camelot. Thornton's magnificent portrayal of Onassis will delight fans of Kennedy-related fiction."--Publishers Weekly (Starred Review), on And They Called It Camelot "And They Called It Camelot is a sumptuous, propulsive, scandal-filled peek behind the curtain of American royalty. Thornton gives the reader a fascinating look at the masks worn by those who live in the public life. One might not agree with all of Jackie's choices, but the force of her instinct for survival cannot be denied."--Erika Robuck, National bestselling author of Hemingway's Girl "Her Jackie steps out of the pages a convincing, three-dimensional character, complete with contradictions and self-doubt. It's like reading her private diary - witty, warm and full of color. The shining heart of the novel is her love for (and frustration with) Jack, who is described as a golden figure, so sexy any of us would swoon at his feet. Their attraction is tangible and sizzling hot. All the way through, Stephanie's writing is vivid, with lots of memorable images (like those lemon-lipped Rah-Rah Sisters!). I'm going to have to go back and read it all again in a few weeks."--Gill Paul, Author of The Lost Daughter, on And They Called It Camelot"Lush, smart, and sumptuously elegant, Stephanie Marie Thornton's And They Called It Camelot captures Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy's life in all its many complexities, drawing back the curtain on a legend to reveal the all-too-human woman beneath. A beautiful portrait of an American icon."--Bryn Turnbull, Author of The Woman Before Wallis "And They Called It Camelot, by Stephanie Marie Thornton, is simply spellbinding. This intimate story of Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis portrays a woman finding her way in a landscape dominated by men, and, with grace and astounding resilience, forging an identity the world will never forget. A tale of love and devastation, greatness and sacrifice, this remarkable novel will grip readers until the last page."--Kristin Beck, Author of Courage, My LoveReaders will enjoy this heartbreaking story of a wife's fierce pride and loyalty to her president and country, despite years of marital loneliness and loss.--Library Journal, on And They Called It Camelot "Thornton brings Jackie's compelling voice to life."--BookTrib, on And They Called It Camelot "Tackling a larger-than-life person such as Jackie Kennedy is a daunting undertaking, and Stephanie Marie Thornton handles that challenge splendidly. Thornton's decision to have Jackie narrate her own story lends an intimate feel to the tale...a fascinating and personal portrait of one of America's most iconic women.--Bookreporter, on And They Called It Camelot "As juicy and enlightening as a page in Meghan Markle's diary."--InStyle, on American Princess "A rare behind-the-scenes tale of a spunky woman who relies on her independent spirit to face down each challenge with courage and grace."--Woman's World, on American Princess "Readers who enjoy sweeping family sagas will devour this novel with its feisty protagonist and host of well-known historical figures. It comes highly recommended."--Historical Novel Reviews, on American Princess "The wild, wonderful, outsize personality of presidential daughter Alice Roosevelt is on full and fantastic display in this lightly fictionalized take on her unapologetic, unconventional life....Alice herself would undoubtedly have loved this take on her unorthodox life--as will the many destined to read it."--Publishers Weekly, on American Princess "An absorbing portrait of a woman who lived life on her own terms."--Booklist, on American Princess "Readers will be enthralled by Alice's wit and adventures...as Thornton expertly weaves the events of her life."--Library Journal, on American Princess About the Author Stephanie Marie Thornton is a USA Today bestselling author and a high school history teacher. She lives in Alaska with her husband and daughter.
Kindergarten Alphabet Puzzles - (Highlights Learn on the Go Practice Pads) (Paperback)
Dimensions (Overall): 5.9 Inches (H) x 8.9 Inch (W) x .3 Inch (D)Weight: .35 PoundsNumber of Pages: 64Genre: Juvenile NonfictionSub-Genre: Language Arts, Activity Books, ConceptsSeries Title: Highlights Learn on the Go Practice PadsFormat: PaperbackPublisher: Penguin Distribution ChildrensAuthor: VariousAge Range: 4-8 YearsBook theme: Alphabet, GeneralLanguage: English Book Synopsis Letter identification and alphabet practice through Hidden Pictures(R) puzzles, matching, and more, all featured in an affordable, travel-friendly pad format. It's no secret: kids tend to learn best when they are having fun. Alphabet Puzzles is a 64-page full-color pad packed with fun activities for kids preschool-age and up to build their confidence as they learn letters and build alphabet skills, which are important steps toward reading readiness. About The Author Highlights Learning was developed with education experts to help pave the way for school success by pairing our unique brain-building puzzles and humor with curriculum practice to make learning fun. These award-winning products take the Highlights kid-approved approach and organize it into a progressive framework, aligned with school standards and supported by teachers. Highlights Learning workbooks and learning materials span a variety of print formats, including workbooks, practice pads, write-on wipe-off activity books, and board books.
The Black Arts - (Perigee) 40th Edition by Richard Cavendish (Paperback)
Dimensions (Overall): 9 Inches (H) x 1 Inches (W) x 6 Inches (D)Weight: 1 PoundsNumber of Pages: 368Genre: Body + Mind + SpiritSub-Genre: Magick StudiesSeries Title: PerigeeFormat: PaperbackPublisher: TarcherperigeeAuthor: Richard CavendishAge Range: AdultLanguage: English Book Synopsis The Classic Study of the Occult Reintroduced in a 50th Anniversary Edition The Black Arts is a fascinating and wonderfully readable exploration of the practice, theory, and underlying rationale of magick and occultism in all its branches, including witchcraft, spells, numerology, astrology, alchemy, kabbalah, tarot, charms, and summoning and control of spirits. This edition features a 50th anniversary introduction by historian of alternative spirituality Mitch Horowitz, who frames the book for a new generation of readers. Review Quotes "We are all black magicians in our dreams, in our fantasies, perversions, and phobias... In The Black Arts, Richard Cavendish has not only gathered many fascinating facts from the past and from our own time; he has also presented the philosophy of the black magicians and gives many excellent interpretations of their symbols and rites. He has done all this in such a concise and readable style that the reader is hardly aware of how much effort has gone into this work and how original are many of its ideas and interpretations ...Works such as Cavendish's are a reminder that we are living in an era of amnesia. We have forgotten those vital truths that man once knew and by whose strength he lived." --Isaac Bashevis Singer, Book Week "In The Black Arts, Cavendish captures the human striving and universality behind the magical search. He also demonstrates virtuosity for explaining ancient and more recent rituals, rites, and esoteric philosophies with splendid clarity ... It stands nearly alone as a simultaneously comprehensive and inviting guide to the world of pre-modern esoterica."--Mitch Horowitz, from the new introduction About the Author Richard Cavendish (1930-2016) was a highly regarded and widely published British historian of magic, myth, and the occult. Educated at Oxford, Cavendish is best remembered for The Black Arts (1967) and for editing the acclaimed 24-volume Man, Myth & Magic: An Illustrated Encyclopedia of the Supernatural, published from 1970 to 1972.
Math Concepts Kindergarten - (Highlights Learning Fun Workbooks) (Paperback)
Dimensions (Overall): 10.6 Inches (H) x 8.2 Inch (W) x .2 Inch (D)Weight: .35 PoundsNumber of Pages: 48Genre: Juvenile NonfictionSub-Genre: Mathematics, ConceptsSeries Title: Highlights Learning Fun WorkbooksFormat: PaperbackPublisher: Penguin Distribution ChildrensAuthor: VariousAge Range: 4-8 YearsBook theme: GeneralLanguage: English Book Synopsis A unique blend of age-appropriate tracing and writing activities are combined with puzzles to make learning fun while helping kindergarteners build early math skills and develop lifelong learning confidence. Identifying numbers, skip counting, and understanding basic addition and subtraction are important steps toward math readiness, and Highlights (TM) infuses Fun with a Purpose(R) into these essential learning activities. With vibrant art and engaging prompts, Math Concepts exposes kindergarteners to math through numbers practice and the fun of puzzles and other activities. About The Author Highlights Learning was developed with education experts to help pave the way for school success by pairing our unique brain-building puzzles and humor with curriculum practice to make learning fun. These award-winning products take the Highlights kid-approved approach and organize it into a progressive framework, aligned with school standards and supported by teachers. Highlights Learning workbooks and learning materials span a variety of print formats, including workbooks, practice pads, write-on wipe-off activity books, and board books.
Crush Stuff. - (Girl Stuff) by Lisi Harrison (Paperback)
Dimensions (Overall): 8.3 Inches (H) x .6 Inches (W) x 5.5 Inches (D)Weight: 1 PoundsNumber of Pages: 240Genre: Juvenile FictionSub-Genre: Social ThemesSeries Title: Girl StuffFormat: PaperbackPublisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young ReadersAuthor: Lisi HarrisonAge Range: TeenBook theme: FriendshipLanguage: English Book Synopsis Seventh grade besties navigate crushes and friend drama in the second book in bestselling author Lisi Harrison's new middle grade series, Girl Stuff. Halloween is just around the corner and with it comes the dreaded overnight class trip at a smelly farm. Fonda has ideas for a way cooler trip but before she can say Catalina Island, other kids (including her best friend's crush's best friend!) come forward with class trip proposals of their own. There's only one solution: a petition competition, and whoever gets the most signatures wins. Fonda enlists her besties Drew and Ruthie to help, but are they ready to do whatever it takes to win? Between school stuff, girl stuff, and crush stuff, this trio's trip--and hearts--are on the line. About the Author Lisi Harrison worked at MTV Networks in New York City for twelve years before writing the #1 bestselling Clique series. That series has sold more than eight million copies and has been on the New York Times bestseller list for more than two hundred weeks, with foreign rights sold in thirty-three countries. Alphas was a #1 New York Times bestseller, and Monster High was an instant bestseller. She is currently adapting her Pretenders YA series into a narrative podcast for Spotify and writing a new middle-grade series called The Pack. Lisi lives in Laguna Beach, California, and is either working on her next Girl Stuff novel or hiding in the pantry eating chips.
Nothing Much Happens - by Kathryn Nicolai (Hardcover)
Dimensions (Overall): 7.8 Inches (H) x .9 Inches (W) x 5.8 Inches (D)Weight: 1 PoundsNumber of Pages: 288Genre: Self ImprovementSub-Genre: SelfFormat: HardcoverPublisher: Penguin LifeAuthor: Kathryn NicolaiAge Range: AdultBook theme: Stress Management, ManagementLanguage: English About the Book Here "you'll also find sixteen new stories never before featured on [the author's] the podcast, along with whimsical illustrations that expose sweet little moments of peace and joy. Using her decades of experience as a meditation and yoga teacher, Kathryn Nicolai creates a world for you to slip into, one rich in sensory experience that quietly teaches mindfulness and self-compassion, soothes frayed nerves, and builds solid habits for nurturing sleep"-- Book Synopsis Based on the popular podcast, soothing stories to carry you off to deep, restful sleep Busy minds need a place to rest. Whether you find yourself struggling to sleep, awake in the middle of the night, or even just anxious as you move through the day, in Nothing Much Happens, Kathryn Nicolai offers a healthy way to ease the mind before bed: through the timeless appeal of classic bedtime stories. Already beloved by millions of podcast listeners, the stories in Nothing Much Happens explore and expose small sweet moments of joy and relaxation: Sneaking lilacs from an abandoned farm in the spring. Watching fireflies from the deck in the summer. Visiting the local cider mill in the autumn. Watching the tree lighting in the park with friends in the winter. You'll also find sixteen new stories never before featured on the podcast, along with whimsical illustrations, recipes, and meditations. Using her decades of experience as a meditation and yoga teacher, Kathryn Nicolai creates a world for you to slip into, one rich in sensory experience that quietly teaches mindfulness and self-compassion, soothes frayed nerves, and builds solid habits for nurturing sleep. A PENGUIN LIFE TITLE Review Quotes "A charming collection of short almost-stories intended as an antidote to insomnia and restlessness. . . . Nicolai accomplishes what no other author would want to hear: these stories can put people to sleep."--Publishers Weekly "This collection of very short stories is designed to help readers fall and stay asleep. The stories follow the seasons, starting with winter, and rely heavily on the senses; there are a lot of lovely smells, soft and comfy things, and delicious foods, all described in detail and often accompanied by illustrations in muted tones. Peppered throughout are recipes, meditations, and other relaxation techniques. . . . The stories do succeed in their goal of helping readers sleep better, and couldn't we all use more of that?"--Booklist About The Author Kathryn Nicolai is the creator of the enormously successful podcast Nothing Much Happens. Nicolai is an architect of coziness, writing soothing stories that both ease the reader into peaceful sleep and teach the principals of mindfulness so that waking hours likewise become sweet and serene. She leans on her years of experience as a yoga and meditation teacher to seamlessly blend storytelling with brain training techniques that build better sleep habits over time. She is the owner of Ethos Yoga. She lives in Michigan with her wife and two dogs.
Inner Witch - by Gabriela Herstik (Paperback)
Dimensions (Overall): 9 Inches (H) x 1 Inches (W) x 6 Inches (D)Weight: 1 PoundsNumber of Pages: 288Genre: Body + Mind + SpiritSub-Genre: Witchcraft (see also RELIGIONFormat: PaperbackPublisher: TarcherperigeeAuthor: Gabriela HerstikAge Range: AdultBook theme: Wicca)Language: English About the Book "First published in Great Britain under the title Craft: how to be a modern witch by Ebury Publishing"--Copyright page. Book Synopsis The ultimate guide to witchcraft for every woman craving a connection to something bigger, using the tools of tarot, astrology, and crystals to discover her best self. In these uncertain times, witchcraft, astrology, tarot, crystals, and similar practices are seeing a massive resurgence, especially among young women, as part of their self-care and mindfulness routines. Gabriela helps readers take back their power while connecting to something larger than themselves. She covers: * Witchcraft as a feminist call to action * Fashion magick * Spells for self-love * Cleansing your space * Holidays of the witch * How to create a spellbook / grimoire * Witchcraft as self-care Whether the reader is looking to connect with her green thumb, banish negative energies, balance her chakras, energetically fight the patriarchy, or revitalize her sense of self, Inner Witch has something to offer. After all, empowered women run the world--and the ones who do are usually witches. Review Quotes In this fun feminist guide to witchcraft, Herstik... empowers women to connect with something larger than themselves.--Publishers Weekly "Whether you're new to witchcraft or a seasoned practitioner looking to add some fresh ingredients to your brew, Inner Witch is the modern grimoire for you. Herstik is a generous guide no matter how far along you are on the spiritual path, and she's got plenty of style and sparkle to help light the way. Those who read her book are sure to manifest more wisdom, wit, and witchy wonder into their lives."--Pam Grossman, author of Waking the Witch: Reflections on Women, Magic, and Power, host of the Witch Wave "Herstik brings glamour, style, and a deep understanding of what it means to be a young women today to the current evolution of the craft. Blending ancient wisdom with a millennial mindset, her book is the ultimate guide for anybody wanting to live a more magickal life."--Ruby Warrington, author of Material Girl, Mystical World, founder of The Numinous "Inner Witch is for women and femmes who want to reclaim their power. It is for those who are called to the otherworldly, the unknown, or even their daily horoscope app. Gabriela Herstik has created a magickal guide for those who want something more out of life."--Anna Gragert, HelloGiggles "A guide to empower readers to unveil their power and strength, and most importantly nourish the reader to celebrate themselves through self-care, self-love, and peace."--Marty Preciado, editor in chief, Nylon Español "Inner Witch... celebrates rituals of power and life. Gabriela is an unvanquished angel of dissent and magick. Her book is an indispensable guide; her life is its testimony."--Mitch Horowitz, PEN Award-winning author of Occult America and One Simple Idea "A gem of a book; whether you are a lifelong practitioner or new to the magickal arts, you will find something truly sacred and unique imbued throughout Inner Witch. This guide also comes at an incredibly powerful time, as many of us awaken to a more deeply attuned life. A brilliant, modern approach to cultivating your own magick."--Danielle Noel, creator of the Starchild Tarot and the Moonchild Tarot A potent grimoire for both curious newcomers and experienced witches looking to revitalize their practice, Inner Witch is infused with equal parts heart and humor, reverence and rebellion. Gabriela Herstik's refreshing approach to magic is eclectic and egalitarian, affirming the importance of accessibility in contemporary witchcraft. Inner Witch demonstrates why spellwork and ritual aren't mysterious traditions only to be used by the chosen few, but vital and necessary tools for everyone who might want--or need--to connect with nature, call in feminist community, or conjure self-care.--Kristen J. Sollée, author of Witches, Sluts, Feminists: Conjuring the Sex Positive "The modern manual for a generation of women reclaiming their connection to ancient and powerful traditions and practices that can empower, enliven, and shift the lives of anyone from any culture or socioeconomic class. A must-have for anyone looking to reclaim an innate connection to the self and magic."--Alexandra Roxo, co-founder of Moon Club "With so much knowledge spread over so many disciplines and traditions, it can be intimidating for those called to explore their personal magic to find a place to start. Herstik has written a modern guide for an eclectic witch: a friendly crash course in spiritual vocabulary and technology that gives readers the broad foundation they need to find their inner spark."--Haylin Belay, writer, sex educator, witch "Herstik writes about witchcraft in a manner that is accessible, unerring, but most of all, glamorous. Herstik is not a side effect of witchcraft becoming trendy; she is one of the witches who has made it such.--Sophie Saint Thomas, writer, co-host of The Serpent Cast Herstik demystifies witchcraft and articulates it in a way that makes this ancient art accessible and inclusive to all. This book is a must-read for anyone who's ready or curious to awaken their inner witch.--Tamara Driessen, author of The Crystal Code "Herstik is warm, lovely, and engaging. Tune into your inner witch and be a force for good for all."--Carolyne Faulkner, author of The Signs: Decode the Stars, Reframe Your Life A mesmerizing introduction to twenty-first century witchcraft and the tools of thought and practice to unearth your nascent sorceress. Herstik's advice is practical yet profound and unpicks complex ideas and symbology with a refreshing lightness."--Elisabeth Krohn, founder and editor, Sabat Magazine"Gabriela Herstik knows her stuff and covers a lot of ground in this marvelous book. Her knowledgeable writing is packed with information, but flows the easy way a conversation would on a girl's night out. Whether you're just setting out on your magickal journey or already practicing, there's something in this book for everyone. Inner Witch would be a great addition to any metaphysical library.--Pleasant Gehman, author, psychic, witch "[Herstik] is here to make you believe in magic... She transforms the often intimidating and arcane subject into an approachable form of self-care that can be practiced by anyone willing to learn. In fact, you could almost swap out 'witch' for 'empowered, liberated woman' and the book would still read seamlessly."--Los Angeles Magazine About the Author Gabriela Herstik is the author of Inner Witch and Bewitching the Elements, and writes the High Priestess column for High Times magazine. She writes for sites like VOGUE International, Glamour, i-D, Dazed Beauty, and NYLON. She is based in Los Angeles.
Who Is Ruth Bader Ginsburg? - (Who Was?) by Patricia Brennan Demuth (Paperback)
Dimensions (Overall): 7.4 Inches (H) x 5.2 Inch (W) x .4 Inch (D)Weight: .28 PoundsNumber of Pages: 112Genre: Juvenile NonfictionSub-Genre: Biography & AutobiographySeries Title: Who Was?Format: PaperbackPublisher: Penguin WorkshopAuthor: Patricia Brennan DemuthAge Range: 4-8 YearsBook theme: PoliticalLanguage: English About the Book Published in the year 2019 as: Who is Ruth Bader Ginsburg?; part of the Who is-- ? series. Republished with change in title and revisions in December 2020 using the same ISBNs. Book Synopsis You've probably seen her on T-shirts, mugs, and even tattoos. Now that famous face graces the cover of this Who Was? book. Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was famous for her stylish collars (called jabots) and her commanding dissents. This opera-loving New Yorker always spoke her mind; as a young lawyer, RBG advocated for gender equality and women's rights when few others did. She gained attention for the cases she won when arguing in front of the Supreme Court, before taking her place on the bench in 1993. Author Patricia Brennan Demuth answers all the questions about what made RBG so irreplaceable and how the late Supreme Court justice left a legacy that will last forever. About The Author Patricia Brennan Demuth is the author of several Who HQ titles, including Who Was Bill Gates?, What Was Pearl Harbor?, and What Was D-Day?
Atomic Love - by Jennie Fields (Paperback)
Dimensions (Overall): 9 Inches (H) x 1 Inches (W) x 6 Inches (D)Weight: 1 PoundsNumber of Pages: 384Genre: Fiction + Literature GenresSub-Genre: HistoricalFormat: PaperbackPublisher: G.P. Putnam's SonsAuthor: Jennie FieldsAge Range: AdultBook theme: World War IILanguage: English Book Synopsis A novel of science, love, espionage, beautiful writing, and a heroine who carves a strong path in the world of men. As far as I'm concerned there is nothing left to want. --Ann Patchett, author of The Dutch House Love. Desire. Betrayal. Her choice could save a nation. Chicago, 1950. Rosalind Porter has always defied expectations--in her work as a physicist on the Manhattan Project, and in her passionate love affair with colleague Thomas Weaver. Five years after the end of both, her guilt over the bomb and her heartbreak over Weaver are intertwined. She has almost resigned herself to a conventional life. Then Weaver gets back in touch--and so does the FBI. Agent Charlie Szydlo wants Roz to spy on Weaver, whom the FBI suspects of passing nuclear secrets to Russia. Despite her better instincts, Roz has never stopped loving Weaver, but something about Charlie, a former prisoner of war haunted by his past, calls out to her. As Rosalind's feelings for each man deepen, so too does the danger she finds herself in. She will have to choose: the man who taught her how to love, or the man her love might save? Review Quotes One of PopSugar's Best Books of August One of Bookish's 2020 Novels Taking Readers on a Journey to the Past "A highly-charged love story that reveals the dangerous energy at the heart of every real connection. The power of separation and loss propels Atomic Love into unexpected orbits of intrigue and conspiracy as riveting as the science they study."--Delia Owens, author of Where the Crawdads Sing "This book has everything you could want in historical fiction: espionage, romance and female empowerment." --Parade.com Atomic Love is a novel of science, love, espionage, beautiful writing, and a heroine who carves a strong path in the world of men. As far as I'm concerned there is nothing left to want.--Ann Patchett, New York Times bestselling author of Bel Canto and Commonwealth "Brimming with espionage and passion, Atomic Love shines a light on the private lives of scientists involved with the Manhattan Project and the growing threat of nuclear Russia. Taut, atmospheric, and wholly immersive, Atomic Love is a thrilling read for historical fiction lovers. --Chanel Cleeton, New York Times bestselling author of Next Year in Havana "Atomic Love is so propulsive that "page turner" doesn't do it justice...At the heart of it all is a brilliant, damaged woman determined to save herself and the whole human race. The world could not be in better hands." --Margaret Renkl, author of Late MigrationsAtomic Love by Jennie Fields is the kind of sumptuous historical fiction that you can lose yourself in." --PopSugar "What do you get when you combine a female scientist, the early 1950s, a handsome male FBI agent, and a potential Soviet Union spy? You guessed it...this novel. The main character, Rosalind Porter, goes through professional and romantic ups and downs as she navigates her love of country, science, and two very different men. If you like historical fiction with plenty of romance, this one's for you." --TheSkimm "Atomic Love had me in its thrall from page one. How rewarding to follow these sympathetic, brilliantly drawn characters through their affairs of state and heart. Thank you, Jennie Fields, for this terrific, atmospheric, suspenseful and wholly gratifying read."--Elinor Lipman, author of Then She Found Me and Good Riddance A page-turning thriller that's also an exploration of the competing pressures on women that still resonates today. This one goes to the top of your pile. --B.A. Shapiro, author of The Art Forger "Fields's immersive love story is thoroughly engaging. Fans of Beatriz Williams or Paula McLain will take great pleasure in the rich historical detail, suspenseful intrigue, and the emotionally charged romance." --Library Journal Set in Chicago during the Red Scare of the early 1950s, Fields combines a paean to feminist empowerment with old-fashioned romance, both centered on a female scientist...A professional and romantic ending for Roz that is every woman's wish fulfillment. Atmospheric, historically interesting escapism. --Kirkus Reviews Fields creates authentic female characters teetering on the verge of the women's movement, struggling to claim their place in the world. Inspired by history, Fields' fifth novel is a love story filled with passion, betrayal, mystery, and liberation. --Booklist "Romance fans will delight in the smoldering affection between Roz and Charlie...As escapist fare, Fields's steamy adventure gets the job done. --Publishers Weekly Atomic Love scrupulously captures both the minute (you might say "atomic") and panoramic elements of the early Cold War...In Rosalind, Fields has created an anxious yet gutsy heroine who carries her Shakespearean name with aplomb...Inspired by such female scientists as physicist Leona Woods and the author's own mother, Atomic Love is as much about undercover work as it is about women's passions. --BookPage Atomic Love is a twisty, compelling story of science, passion and conflicting loyalties. --Shelf Awareness "Jennie Fields has crafted a page-turning romantic mystery set in a time and place both familiar and foreign, a story of scientific marvels, wartime atrocities, and secret agents fighting the Cold War...Fields brings to vivid life a fascinating period in American history by depicting flawed human characters seeking healing, redemption, love, and hope in a world made bleak by the horrors of man's inhumanity to man...and woman." --Chapter16.org "Quite romantic, sexy, but smart and also beautifully written, a historical romance with espionage. And scientists, convincingly brainy and complicated. A romance for our times, set in an earlier time but alert to women's frustrations in the world, then as much as now." --Shawangunk Journal Full of intrigue and good old fashioned espionage, Fields has created a flawed and ferocious heroine in the intelligent Rosalind Porter. A captivating must-read with a cast of crafty characters so engaging I was sad to see it come to its glorious end. --Noelle Salazar, author of The Flight Girls "The smart, warmhearted, and haunted heroine at the center of Atomic Love is just one of the complex characters that enrich this imaginative page-turner. Field's sharp eye for detail never slows the action, but sensuously immerses the reader in time and place." --Laura Moriarty, author of The Chaperone "Atomic Love lives up to its name--explosive and passionate, this is a story that you will not want to put down, and that will resonate long after it has ended. Fields has an unerring gift for recreating the past, and making it live and breathe like the present."--Kitty Zeldis, Not Our Kind"A beautifully rendered love story entwined in a page-turning espionage thriller. Fields packs the pages of this wonderful novel with fascinating facts about the Cold War and characters that are complex and compelling. A must read!"-- Anita Abriel, author of The Light After War About the Author Jennie Fields received an MFA from the Iowa Writers' Workshop and is the author of the novels Lily Beach, Crossing Brooklyn Ferry, The Middle Ages, and The Age of Desire. A Chicago native, Fields was inspired by her own mother's work as a University of Chicago-trained biochemist in the 1950s. Fields now lives with her husband in Nashville, Tennessee.
Real Men Knit - by Kwana Jackson (Paperback)
Dimensions (Overall): 7.9 Inches (H) x 5.4 Inch (W) x 1 Inch (D)Weight: .6 PoundsNumber of Pages: 336Genre: Fiction + Literature GenresSub-Genre: RomanceFormat: PaperbackPublisher: Berkley BooksAuthor: Kwana JacksonAge Range: AdultBook theme: Multicultural & InterracialLanguage: English About the Book "When their foster-turned-adoptive mother suddenly dies, four brothers struggle to keep open the doors of her beloved Harlem knitting shop. Jesse Strong is known for two things: his devotion to his adoptive mom, Mama Joy, and his reputation for breaking hearts. When Mama Joy unexpectedly passes away, he and his brothers have different plans on what to do with Strong Knits, their neighborhood knitting store. Jesse wants to keep the store open. His brothers want to tie off loose ends and close shop... Part-time shop employee, Kerry Fuller has kept her crush on Jesse a secret. When she overhears his impassioned plea to his brothers to keep the knitting shop open, she volunteers to help. Unlike Jesse, Kerry knows the knitty-gritty of the business and together they make plans to reinvent Strong Knits for a new generation. But the more time they spend together, the stronger the chemistry builds between them. Kerry, knowing Jesse's history, doesn't believe their relationship can last longer than one can knit one, purl two. But Jesse is determined to prove to her that he can be the man for her forever and always-after all, real men knit"-- Book Synopsis If you're looking for an easy charmer, this is the novel for you.--Shondaland When their foster-turned-adoptive mother suddenly dies, four brothers struggle to keep open the doors of her beloved Harlem knitting shop. Jesse Strong is known for two things: his devotion to his adoptive mom, Mama Joy, and his reputation for breaking hearts. When Mama Joy unexpectedly passes away, he and his brothers have different plans for what to do with Strong Knits, their neighborhood knitting store. Jesse wants to keep the store open. His brothers want to tie off loose ends and close shop.... Part-time shop employee Kerry Fuller has kept her crush on Jesse a secret. When she overhears his impassioned plea to his brothers to keep the knitting shop open, she volunteers to help. Unlike Jesse, Kerry knows the "knitty-gritty" of the business, and together they make plans to reinvent Strong Knits for a new generation. But the more time they spend together, the stronger the chemistry builds between them. Kerry, knowing Jesse's history, doesn't believe their relationship can last longer than she can knit one, purl two. But Jesse is determined to prove to her that he can be the man for her forever and always. After all, real men knit. Review Quotes One of OprahMag.com's Best Romances of 2020 Readers who adore snappy family banter and feel-good romance won't want to miss this one.--NPR A big-hearted, warm, funny story of community, family and unexpected romance, Real Men Knit is an absolute winner.--Kristan Higgins, New York Times bestselling author Such a fantastic read, complete with an emotion-filled romance, and a cast of characters I'm so looking forward to seeing again.--Nalini Singh, New York Times bestselling author Gorgeous, funny, sexy, smart.--Penny Reid, New York Times bestselling author "I loved every word of Real Men Knit. It's a sweet and satisfying slow-burn of a romance about what knits us together as family, friends, and lovers. I can't wait for the next installment of the Old Knitting Gang!"--Lyssa Kay Adams Kwana Jackson combines everything I look for in a story: family, heart, romance; and knits it into the perfect reading experience.--Farrah Rochon, USA Today bestselling author "Kwana's characters and vivid world-building leap off the page in this hilarious and heartwarming frenemies-to-lovers story."--Andie J. Christopher, USA Today bestselling author This emotional, funny, and sexy friends-to-lovers romance introduces us to the enticing Strong brothers & has me clamoring for more!--Priscilla Oliveras, USA Today bestselling author "Like a hand-knit sweater, you'll want to wrap yourself up in this delightful love story."--Tracy Brogan, USA Today bestselling author Reminiscent of Four Brothers, but completely original, Real Men Knit is heartfelt and romantic, hitting just the right notes of emotion.--Kennedy Ryan, Wall Street bestselling author "With love and laughter, Kwana Jackson's contemporary romance Real Men Knit captured my imagination and held it from the very first page. I loved this book!--Jenn McKinlay Jackson craftsa cute friends-to-lovers romance with a diverse cast of characters that emphasizes theimportance of community and found family.--Booklist About The Author USA Today bestselling author and native New Yorker Kwana Jackson spent her formative years on the A train where she had two dreams: (1) to be a fashion designer and (2) to be a writer. After spending more than ten years designing women's sportswear for various fashion houses, Kwana took a leap of faith and decided to pursue her other dream of being a writer. A longtime advocate of equality and diversity in romance (#WeNeedDiverseRomance), Kwana is the mother of twins and currently lives in a suburb of New York with her husband.
The Ice Coven - by Max Seeck (Paperback)
Dimensions (Overall): 9 Inches (H) x 1 Inches (W) x 6 Inches (D)Weight: 1 PoundsNumber of Pages: 400Genre: Fiction + Literature GenresSub-Genre: Mystery & DetectiveFormat: PaperbackPublisher: Berkley BooksAuthor: Max SeeckAge Range: AdultBook theme: Police ProceduralLanguage: English About the Book "Finnish investigator Jessica Niemi is back in this terrifying new novel from the New York Times bestselling author of The Witch Hunter. Six months have passed since Jessica's encounter with the mysterious serial-killing coven of witches and the death of her mentor Erne. Her nightmares about her mother and the witchcraft that undid her have only gotten worse, but she's doing what she can to stay focused. Her homicide squad, now under new leadership, has been given a murder case and a new series of disappearances to investigate. A young woman's corpse has washed up on an icy beach, and two famous Instagram influencers have gone missing at the same time. The missing influencers and the murdered woman all have ties to a sinister cult. Jessica finds an eerie painting-of a lighthouse on a frigid island-as she investigates and under the picture is a gruesome poem detailing a murder. The nightmares about her dead mother have intensified and seem all too real, making Jessica wonder if the woman might be trying to tell her something about the killings. And as Jessica works frantically to solve her latest case, her terrifying past and the coven of witches that almost killed her shockingly reemerge and threaten to destroy her"-- Book Synopsis Investigator Jessica Niemi is in a race against time to find the link between a body with strange markings that has washed up on a frigid shore in Finland and two mysterious disappearances in this terrifying new novel from the New York Times bestselling author of The Witch Hunter. Six months have passed since Jessica's encounter with the mysterious serial-killing coven of witches and the death of her mentor Erne. Her nightmares about her mother and the witchcraft that undid her have only gotten worse, but she's doing what she can to stay focused. Her homicide squad, now under new leadership, has been given a murder case and a new series of disappearances to investigate. A young woman's corpse has washed up on an icy beach, and two famous Instagram influencers have gone missing at the same time. The missing influencers and the murdered woman all have ties to a sinister cult. Jessica finds an eerie painting--of a lighthouse on a frigid island--as she investigates and under the picture is a gruesome poem detailing a murder. The nightmares about her dead mother have intensified and seem all too real, making Jessica wonder if the woman might be trying to tell her something about the killings. And as Jessica works frantically to solve her latest case, her terrifying past and the coven of witches that almost killed her shockingly reemerge and threaten to destroy her. Review Quotes Praise for The Witch Hunter "The Witch Hunter, translated with icy precision by Kristian London, is written in short, sharp, present-tense chapters, a technique which adds to its relentless tension. Flashbacks to earlier episodes in Jessica's life suggest that the strangeness currently unfolding is tied to her personal history. Discovering the how and why of it brings a resolution as bleak as anything Poe might have conjured."--Wall Street JournalThe Witch Hunter, Finnish novelist Max Seeck's pulse-quickening English-language debut, is a genre twofer: it gives crime-novel enthusiasts a satisfying puzzle to logic out, and it offers fans of supernatural tales a look at the world of, as one character puts it, 'amulets, rabbit feet, you name it... a police procedural with paranormal activity at its black heart."--Shelf Awareness "[A] rich, intensely suspenseful thriller. Seeck's debut is dark and intricate--the moments of revelation are as vividly cinematic and impactful every time. Seeck has an uncanny ability to unspool reveals at just the right pace to get the reader's heart pounding as they make the connection at the same moment as the detective on page. His expertise with pacing, his careful plotting, and his choice to use short, quick chapters all combine to create a vivid, robust thriller."--Booklist STARRED REVIEW "One twist follows another, baffling the police and readers alike. Seeck imbues this riveting procedural with a deliciously creepy undertone. Readers will be excited to see what Seeck does next."--Publisher's Weekly STARRED REVIEW Seeck's riveting, multi-layered debut, blending masterful police procedural with a chilling exploration of the occult, kept me up all night, devouring it in one amazing gulp, and checking under the bed.--Sara Blaedel #1 International Bestselling Author "The Witch Hunter is everything I wish for in a thriller: exceptional story, exceptional characters, exceptional writing, and shocking twists--exceptional everything. I loved this book, and you will too."--Chris Mooney, author of Blood World "One of the best books I have read. Ever. Absolutely thrilling, well-written, and oh-so-hard to put down."--Emelie Schepp, author of Slowly We Die About the Author Max Seeck devotes his time to writing professionally. An avid reader of Nordic noir for personal pleasure, he listens to film scores as he writes. His accolades include the Finnish Whodunit Society's Debut Thriller of the Year Award 2016. Max Seeck has a background in sales and marketing and loves to promote his works, and is fluent in English and German.
Second Grade Big Fun Workbook - (Highlights Big Fun Workbooks) (Paperback)
Dimensions (Overall): 10.7 Inches (H) x 8.2 Inch (W) x .8 Inch (D)Weight: 1.25 PoundsNumber of Pages: 256Genre: Juvenile NonfictionSub-Genre: School & Education, Activity Books, ConceptsSeries Title: Highlights Big Fun WorkbooksFormat: PaperbackPublisher: Penguin Distribution ChildrensAuthor: HighlightsAge Range: 4-8 YearsBook theme: GeneralLanguage: English About the Book Help kids prepare for second grade with this innovative activity workbook, featuring learning activities blended with a variety of puzzles that build skills in reading, writing and vocabulary, as well as math concepts, grade-appropriate social studies, and science skills. Full color. Consumable. Book Synopsis Hooray for second grade! This award-winning workbook reinforces what kids are learning in the classroom with a fresh approach to developing skills for school success. With over 250 pages of fun puzzle-based activities including Highlights(TM) Hidden Pictures(R), second graders will practice a variety of skills in subjects like language arts, math, and science through exercises that will boost their confidence and supplement what they're learning in school. The book also has an introduction with simple tips for parents, a Certificate of Achievement, and online activities. Developed with educational experts, teacher-approved, and aligned with state standards, this workbook will engage students and get them excited about learning! Includes: ReadingPhonicsVocabularyGrammarCursiveAddition and subtractionFractionsTimeSocial studiesMap skillsScience and more! Winner, Family Choice AwardWinner, PAL (Play Advances Language) Award A Parents' Choice Recommended BookPAL (Play Advances Language) Top Ten Pick About The Author Highlights Learning was developed with education experts to help pave the way for school success by pairing our unique brain-building puzzles and humor with curriculum practice to make learning fun. These award-winning products take the Highlights kid-approved approach and organize it into a progressive framework, aligned with school standards and supported by teachers. Highlights Learning workbooks and learning materials span a variety of print formats, including workbooks, practice pads, write-on wipe-off activity books, and board books.
The Queen's Assassin - by Melissa de la Cruz (Hardcover)
Dimensions (Overall): 8.3 Inches (H) x 5.7 Inch (W) x 1.3 Inch (D)Weight: 1.05 PoundsNumber of Pages: 384Genre: Juvenile FictionSub-Genre: FantasyFormat: HardcoverPublisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young ReadersAuthor: Melissa de la CruzAge Range: TeenBook theme: GeneralLanguage: English About the Book "The Queen's Assassin is forced to take on a mysterious apprentice on his most dangerous mission yet, pulling them both into a vicious web of secrets and lies"-- Book Synopsis A New York Times and Indie Bestseller! Perfect for fans of Sarah J. Maas and Red Queen, this is the first novel in a sweeping YA fantasy-romance duet about a deadly assassin, his mysterious apprentice, and the country they are sworn to protect from #1 NYT bestselling author Melissa de la Cruz. Caledon Holt is the kingdom's deadliest weapon. No one alive can best him in speed, strength, or brains, which is why he's the Hearthstone Guild's most dangerous member. Cal is also the Queen's Assassin, bound to her by magic and unable to leave her service until the task she's set for him is fulfilled. Shadow of the Honey Glade has been training all her life to join the Guild, hoping that one day she'll become an assassin as feared and revered as Cal. But Shadow's mother and aunts expect her to serve the crown as a lady of the Renovian Court. When a surprise attack brings Shadow and Cal together, they're forced to team up as assassin and apprentice. Even though Shadow's life belongs to the court and Cal's belongs to the queen, they cannot deny their attraction to each other. But now, with war on the horizon and true love at risk, Shadow and Cal will uncover a shocking web of lies that will change their paths forever. Review Quotes "de la Cruz's trademark tight construction, detailed world building, and action-packed romance are all at work in this sure-to-be-popular new series." --Booklist A classic plucky heroine fantasy in the vein of Tamora Pierce and Kristin Cashore. --Kirkus Reviews "The action-packed narrative captures readers' attention from the start, expertly weaving plot twists, betrayal, magical elements, and traces of humor throughout." --School Library Journal About The Author Melissa de la Cruz is the #1 New York Times, #1 Publisher's Weekly and #1 IndieBound bestselling author of many critically acclaimed and award-winning novels for readers of all ages. Her books have topped USA Today, Wall Street Journal and Los Angeles Times bestseller lists and been published in more than twenty countries. She is best-known for her Blue Bloods series (with more than three million copies in print), The Descendants books based on the Disney Channel films, and the Witches of East End novels, which were turned into a two-season drama series on Lifetime Television. Melissa de la Cruz lives in West Hollywood with her husband and daughter.
The End of Her - by Shari Lapena (Hardcover)
Dimensions (Overall): 9.1 Inches (H) x 6.3 Inch (W) x 1.3 Inch (D)Weight: 1.2 PoundsNumber of Pages: 352Genre: Fiction + Literature GenresSub-Genre: ThrillersFormat: HardcoverPublisher: Pamela Dorman BooksAuthor: Shari LapenaAge Range: AdultBook theme: PsychologicalLanguage: English About the Book "The new domestic suspense novel from the New York Times bestselling author of The Couple Next Door and Someone We Know In upstate New York, Stephanie and Patrick are adjusting to life with their colicky twin babies. The girls are a handful, but Stephanie doesn't mind being a stay-at-home mom, taking care of them while Patrick does the nine to five to pay the bills. When a woman from Patrick's past drops in on them unexpectedly, raising questions about his late first wife, Stephanie supports her husband wholeheartedly. She knows the car accident all those many years ago was just that--an accident. But Erica is persistent, and now she's threatening to go to the police. Patrick is afraid his job--and his reputation--will be at risk if he doesn't put an end to Erica's questioning immediately. And when the police start digging, Stephanie's trust in her husband begins to falter and Patrick is primed to lose everything he loves. As their marriage crumbles, Stephanie feels herself coming unglued, and soon she isn't sure what--or who--to believe. Now the most important thing is to protect her girls, but at what cost?"-- Book Synopsis AN INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER! "The End of Her will keep you guessing right up to the end . . . once you pick it up, you will not want to put it down."--USA Today The new domestic suspense novel from the New York Times bestselling author of The Couple Next Door and Someone We Know A long-ago accident--and a visitor from out of the blue. . . Stephanie and Patrick are adjusting to life with their colicky twin girls. The babies are a handful, but even as Stephanie struggles with the disorientation of sleep deprivation, there's one thing she's sure of: she has all she ever wanted. Then Erica, a woman from Patrick's past, appears and makes a disturbing accusation. Patrick had always said his first wife's death was an accident, but now Erica claims it was murder. Patrick insists he's innocent, that this is nothing but a blackmail attempt. Still, Erica knows things about Patrick--things that make Stephanie begin to question her husband. Stephanie isn't sure what, or who, to believe. As Stephanie's trust in Patrick begins to falter, Patrick stands to lose everything. Is Patrick telling the truth--is Erica the persuasive liar Patrick says she is? Or has Stephanie made a terrible mistake? How will it end? Review Quotes Praise for The End of Her: "Shari Lapena's latest thriller The End of Her will keep you guessing right up to the end . . . And so begins a nonstop page-turning that has become a hallmark of Lapena's work. . . Be sure to carve out enough time, because once you pick it up, you will not want to put it down."--USA Today"The fast pace will keep those fond of mischief and murder in suburbia turning the pages."--Publishers Weekly "A novel of domestic suspense with shifting POVs, The End of Her will have you questioning who to believe right up until the end."--Buzzfeed The queen of the one-sit read. --Linwood Barclay, New York Times bestselling author of Elevator Pitch I read the cracking The End of Her in one sitting. All hail the Mistress of the Page Turner. --Fiona Barton, New York Times bestselling author of The Suspect I absolutely adore Shari Lapena's compulsive thrillers and her new novel is her best yet. More twists than a roller coaster. --John Boyne, New York Times bestselling author of My Brother's Name is Jessica I tore through it. It kept me on my toes throughout and the ending was just fantastic. Really tense! --Harriet Tyce, bestselling author of Blood Orange The End of Her is a slippery eel of a novel - just when you think you have it in your grasp, it slithers away on a new current. I consumed it in a day. . . . Unputdownable. --Louise Candlish, bestselling author of Our House Shari Lapena is one of the best thriller writers in the business.--Steve Cavanagh, bestselling author of ThirteenGripping, compelling, thoroughly entertaining and devilishly clever. --Liz Nugent, bestselling author of Lying in Wait Another unputdownable suburban thriller with the finest love-to-hate characters and a wickedly paced mystery. --Elizabeth Kay, author of Seven Lies Praise for Someone We Know: "Poised and chilling." --Wall Street Journal "Clever." --USA Today "No-one does suburban paranoia like Shari Lapena--this slowly unfurling nightmare will have you biting your nails until the end."--Ruth Ware, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Turn of the Key "Slyly plotted . . . Lapena skillfully maximizes suspense with her dual story lines that eventually collide, as well as some deft misdirection . . . many fans of domestic suspense will be satisfied."--Publishers Weekly "Highly suspenseful . . . Sure to delight fans of Liane Moriarty and Louise Candlish."--Booklist "This book is non-stop twists and turns. Shari Lapena will leave your head spinning as you try and make sense of the lies surrounding the families in this neighborhood. And just when you think you've figured it out, you're probably wrong. Absolutely recommend!"--Suspense Magazine "Someone We Know is a tour de force of thriller writing. Shari Lapena proves yet again that she is the mistress of the pacy plot, cliff edge tension and menacing suburban claustrophobia. Fans will be delighted and if you haven't read her books yet, then why on earth not?" --Gilly Macmillan, New York Times bestselling author of The Nanny Praise for An Unwanted Guest: "A gripping mystery perfect for fans of Agatha Christie." --Good Housekeeping "Proving that time periods may change but people do not, Lapena delivers a solid whodunit with an ending that would make Dame Christie proud." --USA Today"Another nail-biter perfect for an all-nighter." --Entertainment Weekly "A new thriller that will give you serious Agatha Christie vibes . . . if you're one of the many people who counts [And Then There Were None] among their favorite books, you will love An Unwanted Guest. . . . A deftly crafted and expertly paced thriller that will keep readers guessing (and terrified) until the very end." --Bustle "This compelling and realistic modern take on the country-house mystery will gain new fans for the author and is definitely one to hand to devotees of Agatha Christie (and her modern interpreter, Sophie Hannah)."--Booklist "An intriguing cast, an isolated location, a raging storm and the threat of death in every dark corner: An Unwanted Guest reads like Agatha Christie with a shot of adrenalin. Clear your desk before you start it because you won't want to put it down." --Gilly Macmillan, New York Times bestselling author of I Know You Know "Lapena has written a great whodunit, with a delicious Christie-like vibe. Fans of the author's first novel will want this, and anyone who savors a well-crafted murder mystery will gobble it up!" --Library Journal (starred review) Praise for A Stranger in the House: "Lapena's A Stranger in the House will have you sleeping with the lights on for weeks." --Bustle"Smart and suspenseful . . . you'll never see the ending coming." --PureWow "So much suspense. So many twists. Good luck sleeping tonight." --HelloGiggles "So many dizzying twists you'd better not drive after reading!" --Linwood Barclay, New York Times bestselling author of Parting Shot "Smart, twisty and compulsive. Suspense and suspicion accumulate relentlessly, toying with your expectations and your emotions right up until the packs-a-punch ending. Don't miss it, and don't expect to be able to put it down." --Gilly Macmillan, New York Times bestselling author of I Know You Know "A diverting page-turner.--Publishers Weekly Great suspense and lots of twists. --The Toronto Star Lapena keeps the well-developed twists churning, with each a surprise notch in this ever-evolving plot, and she continues this skillful storytelling until the stunning twist at the end . . . memorable. --Associated Press Praise for The Couple Next Door: "Meticulously crafted and razor sharp. The Couple Next Door lingers long after you turn the final page." --Harlan Coben, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Fool Me Once "The twists come as fast [as] you can turn the pages." --People"Provocative and shocking. One crime, an entire neighborhood of suspects, secrets, and lies. How well do we ever know those around us? The Couple Next Door will keep you glued to the pages in search of the answer. Even then, you'll never guess the truth . . . until it's too late." --Lisa Gardner, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Find Her "I read this novel at one sitting, absolutely riveted by the story line. The suspense was beautifully rendered and unrelenting!" --Sue Grafton, New York Times bestselling author of Y is for Yesterday "Real men read women writers--because of books like this. Trust me." --Lee Child, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Make Me"A twisty, utterly riveting tale that will send readers on a wild roller-coaster ride of emotions. Shocking revelations kept me turning the pages like a madwoman." --Tess Gerritsen, New York Times bestselling author of Playing with Fire "Expertly paced and finely crafted, The Couple Next Door is a gripping thriller of the highest order. I couldn't put it down." --A. J. Banner, bestselling author of The Good Neighbor "Gripped me from the very beginning to the very end!" --Becky Masterman, author of Rage Against the Dying "Brilliant! This utterly riveting psychological thriller hurtles along at breakneck speed, never giving you the opportunity to catch your breath. Twisty, turny, and unputdownable." --C. L. Taylor, bestselling author of The Lie "Exquisitely torturous tension." --NPR.org"Where did that baby go! It's hard not to read to the end to find out, and the twists waiting there are gratifyingly clever."--USA Today"The many never-saw-them-coming twists and questionable characters . . . will keep you on the edge of your seat. First-time novelist Lapena's writing is spare and tense, and it makes The Couple Next Door a compulsive read. The last line is absolutely a killer." --Good Housekeeping "[A] well-sculpted domestic thriller . . . highly suspenseful . . . Twists are subtly revealed with aplomb, taking the story to increasingly unpredictable levels." --Associated Press About The Author Shari Lapena is the internationally bestselling author of the thrillers The Couple Next Door, A Stranger in the House, An Unwanted Guest, Someone We Know, and The End of Her, which have all been New York Times and The Sunday Times (London) bestsellers. Her books have been sold in thirty-seven territories around the world. She lives in Toronto and Not a Happy Family is her sixth thriller.
Little Fires Everywhere (Movie Tie-In) by Celeste Ng (Paperback)
Dimensions (Overall): 7.4 Inches (H) x 4.2 Inch (W) x 1.3 Inch (D)Weight: .5 PoundsNumber of Pages: 432Genre: Fiction + Literature GenresSub-Genre: LiteraryFormat: PaperbackPublisher: PenguinAuthor: Celeste NgAge Range: AdultLanguage: English Book Synopsis The #1 New York Times bestseller! Now a Hulu original series starring Reese Witherspoon and Kerry Washington."I read Little Fires Everywhere in a single, breathless sitting." --Jodi Picoult "To say I love this book is an understatement. It's a deep psychological mystery about the power of motherhood, the intensity of teenage love, and the danger of perfection. It moved me to tears." --Reese Witherspoon "Extraordinary . . . books like Little Fires Everywhere don't come along often." --John Green From the bestselling author of Everything I Never Told You, a riveting novel that traces the intertwined fates of the picture-perfect Richardson family and the enigmatic mother and daughter who upend their lives. In Shaker Heights, a placid, progressive suburb of Cleveland, everything is planned--from the layout of the winding roads, to the colors of the houses, to the successful lives its residents will go on to lead. And no one embodies this spirit more than Elena Richardson, whose guiding principle is playing by the rules. Enter Mia Warren--an enigmatic artist and single mother--who arrives in this idyllic bubble with her teenaged daughter Pearl, and rents a house from the Richardsons. Soon Mia and Pearl become more than tenants: all four Richardson children are drawn to the mother-daughter pair. But Mia carries with her a mysterious past and a disregard for the status quo that threatens to upend this carefully ordered community. When old family friends of the Richardsons attempt to adopt a Chinese-American baby, a custody battle erupts that dramatically divides the town--and puts Mia and Elena on opposing sides. Suspicious of Mia and her motives, Elena is determined to uncover the secrets in Mia's past. But her obsession will come at unexpected and devastating costs. Little Fires Everywhere explores the weight of secrets, the nature of art and identity, and the ferocious pull of motherhood--and the danger of believing that following the rules can avert disaster.Named a Best Book of the Year by: People, The Washington Post, Bustle, Esquire, Southern Living, The Daily Beast, GQ, Entertainment Weekly, NPR, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iBooks, Audible, Goodreads, Library Reads, Book of the Month, Paste, Kirkus Reviews, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, and many more... Perfect for book clubs! Visit celesteng.com for discussion guides and more. Review Quotes I read Little Fires Everywhere in a single, breathless sitting. With brilliance and beauty, Celeste Ng dissects a microcosm of American society just when we need to see it beneath the microscope: how do questions of race stack up against the comfort of privilege, and what role does that play in parenting? Is motherhood a bond forged by blood, or by love? And perhaps most importantly: do the faults of our past determine what we deserve in the future? Be ready to be wowed by Ng's writing--and unsettled by the mirror held up to one's own beliefs. --Jodi Picoult, New York Times bestselling author of Small Great Things and Leaving Time "Witty, wise, and tender. It's a marvel." --Paula Hawkins, author of The Girl on the Train and Into the Water "Witnessing these two families as they commingle and clash is an utterly engrossing, often heartbreaking, deeply empathetic experience . . . It's this vast and complex network of moral affiliations--and the nuanced omniscient voice that Ng employs to navigate it--that make this novel even more ambitious and accomplished than her debut . . . Our trusty narrator is as powerful and persuasive and delightfully clever as the narrator in a Victorian novel . . . It is a thrillingly democratic use of omniscience, and, for a novel about class, race, family and the dangers of the status quo, brilliantly apt . . . The magic of this novel lies in its power to implicate all of its characters--and likely many of its readers--in that innocent delusion [of a post-racial America]. Who set the littles fires everywhere? We keep reading to find out, even as we suspect that it could be us with ash on our hands." --Eleanor Henderson, The New York Times Book Review "[Ng] captures her setting with an ethnologist's authority . . . And there are time-capsule pleasures in her evocation of 1997 . . . The writing is poised." --Wall Street Journal "Delectable and engrossing . . . A complex and compulsively readable suburban saga that is deeply invested in mothers and daughters . . . What Ng has written, in this thoroughly entertaining novel, is a pointed and persuasive social critique, teasing out the myriad forms of privilege and predation that stand between so many people and their achievement of the American dream. But there is a heartening optimism, too. This is a book that believes in the transformative powers of art and genuine kindness--and in the promise of new growth, even after devastation, even after everything has turned to ash." --Boston Globe "[Ng] widens her aperture to include a deeper, more diverse cast of characters. Though the book's language is clean and straightforward, almost conversational, Ng has an acute sense of how real people (especially teenagers, the slang-slinging kryptonite of many an aspiring novelist) think and feel and communicate. Shaker Heights may be a place where "things were peaceful, and riots and bombs and earthquakes were quiet thumps, muffled by distance.' But the real world is never as far away as it seems, of course. And if the scrim can't be broken, sometimes you have to burn it down. Grade: A-" --Entertainment Weekly "Stellar . . . The plot is tightly structured, full of echoes and convergence, the characters bound together by a growing number of thick, overlapping threads . . . . Ng is a confident, talented writer, and it's a pleasure to inhabit the lives of her characters and experience the rhythms of Shaker Heights through her clean, observant prose. Before she became an author she was a miniaturist--almost too perfect for a writer of suburban fiction--and there's a lovely, balanced, dioramic quality to this novel. She toggles between multiple points of view, creating a narrative both broad in scope and fine in detail, all while keeping the story moving at a thriller's pace." --LA Times "Riveting . . . unearthing the ways that race, class, motherhood and belonging intersect to shape each individual . . . Perhaps Ng's most impressive feat is inviting the reader's forgiveness for Mrs. Richardson--a woman whose own mission for perfection, and strict adherence to rules ultimately become the catalyst for the maelstrom that ensues." --Chicago Tribune "Like Sue Monk Kidd or Madeleine Thien, Celeste Ng has a carpenter's sure touch in constructing nested, interconnected plots . . . There are few novelists writing today who are as wise, compassionate and unsparing as Ng, about the choices you make, the ones you don't, and the price you might pay for missed lives." --Financial Times When you're in the mood for family drama that's not your own, Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng will have you hooked. --The Skimm"Sharp and entertaining--you can't look away even when things are crashing and burning (literally)--and it possibly ranks up there with all-time great suburbia fiction, like Jeffrey Eugenides's The Virgin Suicides." --Goop "Opposites attract and also ignite in this thoughtful novel." --People Ng writes with the wisdom of a hundred lives lived." --Harpers Bazaar "A riveting read and one of our favorite new works of fiction this fall." --Refinery29 "[Ng] probes privilege and the compromises it requires in a riveting novel." --O, The Oprah Magazine "A meditation on rules, race, class, insiders, outsiders, motherhood. There is no throwaway character. And after you've raced to the end of the book, you'll want to read it again, to take the ideas and hold them up to the harsh light of 2017. Ng's novel would be a great read in any time period--but if you're struggling with the present moment and how we got here, this novel will do what any good piece of fiction does: illuminate." --Barrie Hardymon, NPR's Best Books of 2017 "Like Everything I Never Told You, Ng's excellent debut, the book plots its way into a smart, accessible conversation about race and class. But free of the restraints of Everything's thriller construction, Little Fires gives Ng the space and patience to confront how progressive-minded communities approach identity." --GQ.com "[A] suspenseful, tense tale." --W Magazine "[Ng's] descriptions are so dead-on you can practically see the Cleveland skyline as you ride shotgun with these characters." --Glamour "A meditation on the unspoken pains and contradictions of motherhood. Its story unspools all the raw, knotted tensions that go into making a family . . . Choosing a rambling van over a 401(k) isn't a sign of delinquent parenting in Ng's universe; it's just one of a series of possible paths, with its own unique pleasures and pitfalls." --Refinery29 "Unmissable . . . Ng's psychological insight is acute, yet generous . . . Little Fires Everywhere examines the cruelties that we unwittingly inflict on those we claim to love." ―Claire Fallon, HuffPost's Best Fiction Books of 2017 "Takes unerring aim at upper-middle-class America's blind spots . . . a nuanced study of mothers and daughters and the burden of not belonging to our families or our communities." --Vogue "Totally absorbing, each character drawn so well it makes it impossible to decide whose side you're on." --Marie Claire "Ng writes with the wisdom of a hundred lives lived, churning out complex characters mostly sympathetic, sometimes loathsome, but all startlingly human." --HarpersBazaar.com "Fans of novelist Celeste Ng's debut, Everything I Never Told You, and devotees of her resistance-ready Twitter feed can rejoice . . . The story drifts effortlessly between characters; each is full and memorable as they coax the novel to its fiery climax. Ng reminds us that action is a choice, and you'll want to keep reading until the last irreversible actions play out." --Bust "Couldn't be more timely . . . Little Fires Everywhere might just be the signpost that we need, pointing a way forward with the gentle suggestion that sometimes doing the right thing means breaking some rules." --Paste "Compelling . . . Little Fires Everywhere invests all of its emotional energies in the relationship between mothers and their children . . . in Ng's precisely rendered perfect suburb." -Vox "Ng's taut class drama is calibrated for fireworks." --New York Magazine, Books to Read This Fall "Written with deep empathy and vivid characters who feel true to life, Little Fires Everywhere is a captivating, insightful examination of motherhood, identity, family, privilege, perfectionism, obsession, and the secrets about ourselves we try to hide." --Buzzfeed "There are few modern writers as brilliant at capturing the complexities of a family as Celeste Ng . . . The book is smart, nuanced, and exhilarating--but more than anything, Little Fires Everywhere is a gorgeous exploration of motherhood in its many forms, and the many different paths that women travel to get there." --Shondaland.com "Ng's uncanny ability to embody multiple viewpoints makes for a powerful, revelatory novel." --BBC.com, Ten Books to Read in September "The un-put-downable story that everyone will be talking about this Fall. A must read for book clubs." -PopSugar "Equal parts clever, relatable, surprising and unsettling . . . Ng covers a lot of ground here, from class nuance to the nature of conformity. But the story really shines when she examines complex mother-daughter relationships and how they work . . . until they don't." --PureWow "Engrossing . . . Ng's characters are authentic and complex, but it's her confident narration that will invite readers to settle in for the ride--a storyteller who knows what she's doing is at the wheel . . . With each revelation, Little Fires Everywhere grows more propulsive and insightful, boring through the placid surface of American suburbia." --Dallas Morning News "Ng has one-upped herself with her tremendous follow-up novel . . . a finely wrought meditation on the nature of motherhood, the dangers of privilege and a cautionary tale about how even the tiniest of secrets can rip families apart . . . Ng is a master at pushing us to look at our personal and societal flaws in the face and see them with new eyes . . . If Little Fires Everywhere doesn't give you pause and help you think differently about humanity and this country's current state of affairs, start over from the beginning and read the book again." --San Francisco Chronicle "The truth is messy for everyone in Little Fires Everywhere. As she did so well in Everything I Never Told You, Ng crafts sympathetic backstories for the characters that make their decisions understandable if not entirely acceptable. She also creates layered portraits, especially of the girls and women, to raise questions about what mothers can give and what their children need when no one can stick to the rules." --St. Louis Post-Dispatch "Ng's talent for depth of story and character development shines and will stay with you long after you've finished the book." --Richmond Times-Dispatch "Immersive and thought-provoking . . . Hang on and prepare to be mesmerized as you meet two families in idyllic Shaker Heights, Ohio." --The Missourian "A haunting, layered story of mothers and daughters, and how they attract and repel each other." --Seattle Times "A multilayered, tightly focused and expertly plotted narrative . . . A deeply impressive novel with the power to provoke and entrance." --Minneapolis Star Tribune "One of the best novels of the fall is an emotional tale about motherhood, class and so much more . . . Everything I Never Told You, was good, but this is better." --AARP.org "Mesmerizing . . . The result is a deftly woven plot that examines a multitude of issues, including class, wealth, artistic vision, abortion, race, prejudice and cultural privilege." --BookPage "Ng's best-selling first novel Everything I Never Told You proved her deft hand at crafting family dramas with the deep-rooted tension of a thriller, a skill she puts to pitch-perfect effect in her latest entry . . . that is equal parts simmering and soulful." --HarpersBazaar.com "A quiet but powerful look at family, secrets, and running from the past. Once again, Ng has delivered a near-perfect novel." --BookRiot "An intricate and captivating portrait of an eerily perfect suburban town with its dark undertones not-quite-hidden from view and a powerful and suspenseful novel about motherhood . . . Ng explores the complexities of adoption, surrogacy, abortion, privacy, and class, questioning all the while who earns, who claims, and who loses the right to be called a mother . . . an impressive accomplishment." --Publishers Weekly (starred review) "Ng's stunning second novel is a multilayered examination of how identities are forged and maintained, how families are formed and friendships tested, and how the notion of motherhood is far more fluid than bloodlines would suggest . . . [A] tour de force."--Booklist (starred review) "This incandescent portrait of suburbia and family, creativity, and consumerism burns bright . . . As in Everything I Never Told You, Ng conjures a sense of place and displacement and shows a remarkable ability to see--and reveal--a story from different perspectives. The characters she creates here are wonderfully appealing, and watching their paths connect--like little trails of flame leading inexorably toward one another to create a big inferno--is mesmerizing, casting into new light ideas about creativity and consumerism, parenthood and privilege. With her second novel, Ng further proves she's a sensitive, insightful writer with a striking ability to illuminate life in America." --Kirkus Reviews (starred) Spectacular sophomore work . . . a magnificent, multilayered epic that's perfect for eager readers and destined for major award lists. --Library Journal (starred review) Little Fires Everywhere takes us deep into other people's homes and lives and darkest corners. Along the way, Celeste Ng is always witty, engrossing, unsparing and original. --Meg Wolitzer Little Fires Everywhere is a dazzlingly protean work--a comedy of manners that doubles as a social novel and reads like a thriller. By turns wry, heart-rending and gimlet-eyed, it confirms Celeste Ng's genius for gripping literary fiction. --Peter Ho Davies, author of The Fortunes As if it wasn't totally obvious from her stunning first novel, Little Fires Everywhere showcases what makes Celeste Ng such a masterful writer. The way she examines the complexity of place, and the people who inhabit that place, is some of the most virtuosic, compelling, and wise storytelling that I've seen in a long time. By looking so closely at this community, she opens up the entire world, and it's an amazing experience. --Kevin Wilson, author of The Family Fang and Perfect Little World Yes, it's the story of one Ohio town, but Little Fires Everywhere is not that familiar tale of the underside of the American suburb. It's a powerful work about parenthood and politics, adolescent strife and artistic ambition, and the stark choice between conformity and community. Celeste Ng possesses the remarkable ability to write about the most serious of subjects with the lightest possible touch. --Rumaan Alam, author of Rich and Pretty I cracked open this book mid-morning and did not even move again until it was time to turn on a light. What a joy it was to be so thoroughly taken, to let the chores and clocks and even my own breathing stop while I raced through these pages. Celeste Ng once again proves she is a force to be reckoned with. Little Fires Everywhere is a deft, smoldering masterpiece. --Mira Jacob, author of The Sleepwalker's Guide to Dancing As I read Celeste Ng's second novel I found myself thinking, again and again: How does she know so much? About all of us? How does she write with such perception, such marvelous grace, such daring and generosity? Little Fires Everywhere has the irresistible pace of an expertly tuned thriller, and the observational brilliance of lasting literature. It marks Celeste Ng as a writer of the first rank, among the very best in her generation--right there with Zadie Smith and Jacqueline Woodson. I was mad for this book. --Joe Hill, author of The Fireman and Heart-Shaped Box "I was fascinated, not to mention worried about, and frightened of and for, these intriguing characters. Celeste Ng is a powerful and poignant writer whose attention to detail is pitch-perfect. Her intuitive rendering of how and why people behave in such unflattering ways is important. Her writing is honest and rich--and I love how little fires spread here until they're put out." --Terry McMillan, author of I Almost Forgot About You About The Author Celeste Ng grew up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and Shaker Heights, Ohio. She graduated from Harvard University and earned an MFA from the University of Michigan. Her debut novel, Everything I Never Told You, was a New York Times bestseller and winner of the Massachusetts Book Award, the Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature, and the ALA's Alex Award. Little Fires Everywhere, Ng's second novel, was a New York Times bestseller, winner of the Ohioana Book Award, and named a best book of the year by over twenty-five publications. Her books have been translated into more than thirty languages and she was the recipient of a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. She lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
The Downstairs Girl - by Stacey Lee (Paperback)
Dimensions (Overall): 8.3 Inches (H) x 1 Inches (W) x 5.5 Inches (D)Weight: 1 PoundsNumber of Pages: 400Genre: Juvenile FictionSub-Genre: Girls & WomenFormat: PaperbackPublisher: Penguin BooksAuthor: Stacey LeeAge Range: 9-12 YearsLanguage: English About the Book "1890, Atlanta. By day, seventeen-year-old Jo Kuan works as a lady's maid for the cruel Caroline Payne, the daughter of one of the wealthiest men in Atlanta. But by night, Jo moonlights as the pseudonymous author of a newspaper advice column for 'the genteel Southern lady'"-- Book Synopsis From the critically-acclaimed author of Under a Painted Sky and Outrun the Moon and founding member of We Need Diverse Books comes a powerful novel about identity, betrayal, and the meaning of family. Now available in paperback! By day, seventeen-year-old Jo Kuan works as a lady's maid for the cruel daughter of one of the wealthiest men in Atlanta. But by night, Jo moonlights as the pseudonymous author of a newspaper advice column for the genteel Southern lady, Dear Miss Sweetie. When her column becomes wildly popular, she uses the power of the pen to address some of society's ills, but she's not prepared for the backlash that follows when her column challenges fixed ideas about race and gender. While her opponents clamor to uncover the secret identity of Miss Sweetie, a mysterious letter sets Jo off on a search for her own past and the parents who abandoned her as a baby. But when her efforts put her in the crosshairs of Atlanta's most notorious criminal, Jo must decide whether she, a girl used to living in the shadows, is ready to step into the light. With prose that is witty, insightful, and at times heartbreaking, Stacey Lee masterfully crafts an extraordinary social drama set in the New South. Review Quotes A New York Times BestsellerA Washington Post Best Children's Book of the YearA School Library Journal Best Book of the Year A Publishers Weekly Best Book of the YearA New York Public Library Best Book for Teens A BookPage Best Book of the YearA YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults PickA Bank Street College of Education Best Children's Book of the YearA Crystal Kite Award Winner "Vividly rendered, intriguingly plotted . . . Jo's example of resistance and hope is sure to resonate with today's readers." --The Washington Post "Holds a mirror to our present issues while giving us a detailed and vibrant picture of life in the past." --The New York Times "A joyful read . . . The Downstairs Girl, for all its serious and timely content, is a jolly good time." --NPR "A triumph of storytelling. The Downstairs Girl is a bold portrait of this country's past, brilliantly painted with wit, heartbreak, and unflinching honesty. Everyone needs to read this book." --Stephanie Garber, New York Times bestselling author of Caraval "A gorgeous tale that will steal your heart. This is not only a keeper, but a classic!" --Robin LaFevers, New York Times bestselling author of the His Fair Assassin trilogy "A jewel of a story. By shining a light on the lives of those whom history usually ignores, Lee gives us a marvelous gift: An entirely new and riveting look at our past. --Candace Fleming, award-winning author of The Family Romanov "Clever, funny, and poignant, The Downstairs Girl is Stacey Lee at her best." --Evelyn Skye, New York Times bestselling author of The Crown's Game "Immersive, important, and thoroughly entertaining, The Downstairs Girl sparkles with all of Stacey Lee's signature humor, charm, warmth, and wisdom." --Kelly Loy Gilbert, Morris Award Finalist for Conviction * "Luminous . . . An optimistic, sophisticated portrayal of one facet of Chinese-American--and simply American--history." --Kirkus Reviews, starred review * "This spectacular, voice-driven novel raises powerful questions about how we understand the past, as well as the ways our current moment is still shaped by that understanding." --Booklist, starred review * "Unflinching in its portrayals of racism yet ultimately hopeful and heartfelt, this narrative places voices frequently left out of historical fiction center stage." --School Library Journal, starred review * "This captivating novel explores intersectionality, conveys the effects of restrictions placed on women and people of color, and celebrates the strengths and talents of marginalized people struggling to break society's barriers in any age." --Publishers Weekly, starred review * "A compelling domestic drama with a winning heroine." --The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books, starred review The Downstairs Girl is rich in historical detail and anchored by Stacey Lee's buoyant prose and a heroine whose voice leaps off the page. --BookPage "Lee's profound writing tackles topics of politics and race with a main character who isn't afraid to speak her mind." --Buzzfeed "History, mystery, social commentary, adventure--this book's got it all!" --BookRiot "All of Lee's books offer a stunning level of historical accuracy and feel like mini time machines, including her latest. This story about using your voice is one of Lee's best." --Paste Magazine "An apt, powerful read." --Woman's World Magazine About the Author Stacey Lee is the New York Times bestselling author of the novels The Downstairs Girl, Luck of the Titanic, Under a Painted Sky and Outrun the Moon, the winner of the PEN Center USA Literary Award for Young Adult Fiction. She is a fourth-generation Chinese American and a founding member of We Need Diverse Books. Born in Southern California, she graduated from UCLA and then got her law degree at UC Davis King Hall. She lives with her family outside San Francisco. You can visit Stacey at staceyhlee.com. Or follow her on Twitter @staceyleeauthor.
Big Fun Preschool Activity Book (Workbook) (Paperback)
Dimensions (Overall): 10.8 Inches (H) x 8.3 Inches (W) x .7 Inches (D)Weight: 1.3 PoundsNumber of Pages: 254Genre: Juvenile NonfictionSub-Genre: Activity BooksSeries Title: Big Fun Activity WorkbooksFormat: PaperbackPublisher: Penguin Distribution ChildrensAuthor: VariousAge Range: 4-8 YearsLanguage: English About the Book Get ready for preschool with this innovative activity workbook, featuring a fresh approach to developing essential skills for school readiness and success. Book Synopsis With a fresh approach to practicing essential skills for school readiness and success, The Big Fun Preschool Activity Book contains more than 250 pages of imaginative puzzling humor, and whimsical illustrations. With a wealth of Fun with a Purpose(TM) puzzle-based activities, this book will engage preschoolers and get them excited about learning! Preschoolers can practice a variety of skills through enriching exercises that will help them feel confident in preschool and will supplement their classroom or play group activities. In addition, each book includes an introduction full of simple tips to help parents talk to their preschoolers about the activities in these workbooks. Includes: ABCs Sight words Colors Shapes Numbers Patterns Sorting Opposites Math concepts Sequencing and more! About The Author Highlights Learning was developed with education experts to help pave the way for school success by pairing our unique brain-building puzzles and humor with curriculum practice to make learning fun. These award-winning products take the Highlights kid-approved approach and organize it into a progressive framework, aligned with school standards and supported by teachers. Highlights Learning workbooks and learning materials span a variety of print formats, including workbooks, practice pads, write-on wipe-off activity books, and board books.
The Night Singer - (The Island Murders) by Johanna Mo (Paperback)
Dimensions (Overall): 9 Inches (H) x 1 Inches (W) x 6 Inches (D)Weight: 1 PoundsNumber of Pages: 448Genre: Fiction + Literature GenresSub-Genre: CrimeSeries Title: The Island MurdersFormat: PaperbackPublisher: Penguin BooksAuthor: Johanna MoAge Range: AdultLanguage: English About the Book "First published in Sweden by Romanus & Selling as Nattsêangaren, 2020" Book Synopsis The scars from a family tragedy draw an estranged police detective back to her childhood home as a teenage boy's death quickly causes the past to collide with the present. Police detective Hannah Duncker didn't expect to return to her native Öland. She fled after her father's murder conviction and returns to make peace with her shame. She has a new job with the local police and a nosy new partner. A fifteen-year-old's death catapults her into a murder investigation that resurrects ghosts from her previous life. As she hunts for the truth, she must confront the people she abandoned. Not all are pleased to see her back home, and she soon learns that digging through the past comes with consequences. Author Johanna Mo crafts a breakneck island noir where secrets linger, guilt stains, and collective memory is long and unforgiving. Propulsive and poignant, The Night Singer explores the fallout of when good people do bad things. About the Author Johanna Mo was born in Kalmar, Sweden, and now lives with her family in Stockholm. She has spent the last twenty years working as a literary critic, translator, and freelance editor. The Night Singer is her English-language debut.
The Daily Stoic - by Ryan Holiday & Stephen Hanselman (Hardcover)
Dimensions (Overall): 9 Inches (H) x 1 Inches (W) x 6 Inches (D)Weight: 1 PoundsNumber of Pages: 416Genre: Business + Money ManagementSub-Genre: MotivationalFormat: HardcoverPublisher: PortfolioAuthor: Ryan Holiday & Stephen HanselmanAge Range: AdultLanguage: English Book Synopsis From the team that brought you The Obstacle Is the Way and Ego Is the Enemy, a beautiful daily devotional of Stoic meditations--an instant Wall Street Journal and USA Today Bestseller. Why have history's greatest minds--from George Washington to Frederick the Great to Ralph Waldo Emerson, along with today's top performers from Super Bowl-winning football coaches to CEOs and celebrities--embraced the wisdom of the ancient Stoics? Because they realize that the most valuable wisdom is timeless and that philosophy is for living a better life, not a classroom exercise. The Daily Stoic offers 366 days of Stoic insights and exercises, featuring all-new translations from the Emperor Marcus Aurelius, the playwright Seneca, or slave-turned-philosopher Epictetus, as well as lesser-known luminaries like Zeno, Cleanthes, and Musonius Rufus. Every day of the year you'll find one of their pithy, powerful quotations, as well as historical anecdotes, provocative commentary, and a helpful glossary of Greek terms. By following these teachings over the course of a year (and, indeed, for years to come) you'll find the serenity, self-knowledge, and resilience you need to live well. Review Quotes The Daily Stoic follows up on the success of [The Obstacle Is The Way] by providing a year of quotations and life lessons drawn from the three great Stoic sages."--The Wall Street Journal Whether you're a lowly cubicle slave or a US Senator, this book will help you find your still center. --Gregory Hays, translator of The Modern Library's edition of Marcus Aurelius' Meditations A generous gift of guidance on modern living culled from a canon of wisdom hatched long ago.--Maria Popova, editor of Brain Pickings A richly rewarding spring of practical wisdom to help you focus on what's in your control, eliminate false and limiting beliefs, and take more effective action. Make The Daily Stoic your guide and you will grow in clarity, effectiveness, and serenity each day! --Jack Canfield, co-author of The Success Principles(TM) and the Chicken Soup for the Soul(R) series The Daily Stoic is a treasure for managing our choices, overcoming self-deception, and learning to act according to the true worth of things while keeping the common good always in view. Caring for the soul in this way makes not only better people, but a stronger society too. --Joseph A. Maciariello, Professor Emeritus at The Peter F. Drucker and Masatoshi Ito Graduate School of Management; author of The Daily Drucker, The Effective Executive in Action, and A Year with Peter Drucker The Daily Stoic offers all who seek a calm, wise life a daily spiritual anchor. This book will keep you strong across dark times and steady and clear no matter what your circumstances happen to be. Keep this treasure close and it will care for you." --Sharon Lebell, interpreter of The Art of Living by Epictetus About The Author Ryan Holiday is one of the world's foremost thinkers and writers on ancient philosophy and its place in everyday life. He is a sought-after speaker, strategist, and the author of many bestselling books including The Obstacle Is the Way; Ego Is the Enemy; The Daily Stoic; and the #1 New York Times bestseller Stillness Is the Key. His books have been translated into over 30 languages and read by over two million people worldwide. He lives outside Austin, Texas, with his family. Stephen Hanselman has worked for more than three decades in publishing as a bookseller, publisher and literary agent. He is a graduate of Harvard Divinity School, where he received a master's degree while also studying extensively in Harvard's philosophy department. He lives with his family in South Orange, New Jersey.
The Woman at the Front - by Lecia Cornwall (Paperback)
Dimensions (Overall): 9 Inches (H) x 1 Inches (W) x 6 Inches (D)Weight: 1 PoundsNumber of Pages: 464Genre: Fiction + Literature GenresSub-Genre: HistoricalFormat: PaperbackPublisher: Berkley BooksAuthor: Lecia CornwallAge Range: AdultBook theme: World War ILanguage: English About the Book "A daring young woman risks everything to pursue a career as a doctor on the front lines in France during World War I, and learns the true meaning of hope, love, and resilience in the darkest of times. When Eleanor Atherton graduates from medical school near the top of her class in 1917, she dreams of going overseas to help the wounded, but her ambition is thwarted at every turn. Eleanor's parents insist she must give up medicine, marry a respectable man, and assume her proper place. While women might serve as ambulance drivers or nurses at the front, they cannot be physicians--that work is too dangerous and frightening. Nevertheless, Eleanor is determined to make more of a contribution than sitting at home knitting for the troops. When an unexpected twist of fate sends Eleanor to the battlefields of France as the private doctor of a British peer, she seizes the opportunity for what it is--the chance to finally prove herself. But there's a war on, and a casualty clearing station close to the front lines is an unforgiving place. Facing skeptical commanders who question her skills, scores of wounded men needing care, underhanded efforts by her family to bring her back home, and a blossoming romance, Eleanor must decide if she's brave enough to break the rules, face her darkest fears, and take the chance to win the career--and the love--she's always wanted"-- Book Synopsis A daring young woman risks everything to pursue a career as a doctor on the front lines in France during World War I, and learns the true meaning of hope, love, and resilience in the darkest of times. When Eleanor Atherton graduates from medical school near the top of her class in 1917, she dreams of going overseas to help the wounded, but her ambition is thwarted at every turn. Eleanor's parents insist she must give up medicine, marry a respectable man, and assume her proper place. While women might serve as ambulance drivers or nurses at the front, they cannot be physicians--that work is too dangerous and frightening. Nevertheless, Eleanor is determined to make more of a contribution than sitting at home knitting for the troops. When an unexpected twist of fate sends Eleanor to the battlefields of France as the private doctor of a British peer, she seizes the opportunity for what it is--the chance to finally prove herself. But there's a war on, and a casualty clearing station close to the front lines is an unforgiving place. Facing skeptical commanders who question her skills, scores of wounded men needing care, underhanded efforts by her family to bring her back home, and a blossoming romance, Eleanor must decide if she's brave enough to break the rules, face her darkest fears, and take the chance to win the career--and the love--she's always wanted. Review Quotes An adventurous women ahead of her time...a fascinating historical novel."--Natasha Lester, New York Times bestselling author "A uniquely female perspective of World War I...a beautiful, touching, romantic women's fiction novel that is sure to delight fans of Outlander and Downton Abbey."--Lori Nelson Spielman, New York Times bestselling author An absorbing and immersive portrait of a woman whose courage, determination, and resolve would be exceptional in any age--but forged in the crucible of the Great War, tested again and again by a society riven by change, Dr. Eleanor Atherton is a heroine I will not soon forget...The Woman at the Front is a beautiful book about a terrible war, and the light it shines on the valor of those at the front lines--the medics, the stretcher-bearers, and the wounded themselves--is both welcome and overdue.--Jennifer Robson, USA Today bestselling author "A riveting tale of medicine, courage, and grace under fire during the Great War...Compulsively readable!--Stephanie Marie Thornton, USA Today bestselling author Meticulously researched and deeply emotional--Cornwall has a gift for bringing history to life.--Christine Wells, author of Sisters of the Resistance About the Author Lecia Cornwall, acclaimed author of numerous historical romance novels, lives and writes in the beautiful foothills of the Canadian Rockies with four cats and a wild and crazy ninety-pound chocolate Lab named Andy. She has two grown children and one very patient husband. When she is not writing, Lecia is a dedicated volunteer at the Museum of the Highwood in High River, Alberta. The Woman at the Front is her first novel of historical women's fiction.
Eternal - by Lisa Scottoline (Hardcover)
Dimensions (Overall): 9 Inches (H) x 1 Inches (W) x 6 Inches (D)Weight: 1 PoundsNumber of Pages: 480Genre: Fiction + Literature GenresSub-Genre: HistoricalFormat: HardcoverPublisher: G.P. Putnam's SonsAuthor: Lisa ScottolineAge Range: AdultBook theme: World War IILanguage: English About the Book "Elisabetta, Marco, and Sandro grow up as the best of friends despite their differences. Elisabetta is a feisty beauty who dreams of becoming a novelist; Marco the brash and athletic son in a family of professional cyclists; and Sandro a Jewish mathematics prodigy, kind-hearted and thoughtful, the son of a lawyer and a doctor. Their friendship blossoms to love, with both Sandro and Marco hoping to win Elisabetta's heart. But in the autumn of 1937, all of that begins to change as Mussolini asserts his power, aligning Italy's Fascists with Hitler's Nazis and altering the very laws that govern Rome. In time, everything that the three hold dear--their families, their homes, and their connection to one another--is tested in ways they never could have imagined. As anti-Semitism takes legal root and World War II erupts, the threesome realizes that Mussolini was only the beginning. The Nazis invade Rome, and with their occupation come new atrocities against the city's Jews, culminating in a final, horrific betrayal. Against this backdrop, the intertwined fates of Elisabetta, Marco, Sandro, and their families will be decided, in a heartbreaking story of both the best and the worst that the world has to offer. Unfolding over decades, Eternal is a tale of loyalty and loss, family and food, love and war--all set in one of the world's most beautiful cities at its darkest moment. This moving novel will be forever etched in the hearts and minds of readers"-- Book Synopsis NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER #1 bestselling author Lisa Scottoline offers a sweeping and shattering epic of historical fiction fueled by shocking true events, the tale of a love triangle that unfolds in the heart of Rome...in the creeping shadow of fascism. What war destroys, only love can heal. Elisabetta, Marco, and Sandro grow up as the best of friends despite their differences. Elisabetta is a feisty beauty who dreams of becoming a novelist; Marco the brash and athletic son in a family of professional cyclists; and Sandro a Jewish mathematics prodigy, kind-hearted and thoughtful, the son of a lawyer and a doctor. Their friendship blossoms to love, with both Sandro and Marco hoping to win Elisabetta's heart. But in the autumn of 1937, all of that begins to change as Mussolini asserts his power, aligning Italy's Fascists with Hitler's Nazis and altering the very laws that govern Rome. In time, everything that the three hold dear--their families, their homes, and their connection to one another--is tested in ways they never could have imagined. As anti-Semitism takes legal root and World War II erupts, the threesome realizes that Mussolini was only the beginning. The Nazis invade Rome, and with their occupation come new atrocities against the city's Jews, culminating in a final, horrific betrayal. Against this backdrop, the intertwined fates of Elisabetta, Marco, Sandro, and their families will be decided, in a heartbreaking story of both the best and the worst that the world has to offer. Unfolding over decades, Eternal is a tale of loyalty and loss, family and food, love and war--all set in one of the world's most beautiful cities at its darkest moment. This moving novel will be forever etched in the hearts and minds of readers. Review Quotes An accomplished historical novel that is both seeped in period detail and full of relatable characters.... Scottoline is a master at ramping up the suspense.--Washington Post In this book of her heart, Lisa Scottoline delivers what her readers expect and so much more, fast-paced intrigue, but also an authentic, tender coming of age tale of three best friends navigating the complexities of fascism, war, political and family strife and romantic competition.--Lisa Wingate, author of Before We Were Yours and The Book Of Lost Friends Eternal feels so real you can almost taste the cappelletti, as you get lost in the pages on your glorious and heart-wrenching trip to Italy.--Martha Hall Kelly, author of Lilac Girls and Sunflower Sisters "Powerful and absorbing...at the heart of the novel is an enduring message, that what's perhaps most heroic in any life is to love fiercely and completely, in spite of loss and betrayal, and even beyond death."--Paula McLain, author of The Paris Wife and When the Stars Go Dark "With characters who change and grow and enough twists and turns to keep you guessing, Eternal is blockbuster with cinematic intensity."--Christina Baker Kline, author of Orphan Train and The Exiles Make a plate of fettuccine, pour a glass of red wine, and settle in with this captivating tale. You will cry tears of sadness and joy. Scottoline's Italian heritage combined with all her diligent research will keep this story in readers' hearts.--Library Journal (starred review) "A beautiful, heartbreaking, wrenching love story set in the Second World War. It's alive with characters I cared about deeply - including the remarkable city of Rome, itself - and their courage in the face of Fascism."--Chris Bohjalian, author of Midwives and The Flight Attendant This nuanced take on WWII Italy offers a variety of perspectives, but at its heart, this is a love story, with heroes lost being warmly remembered and love conquering all....Best-selling crime writer Scottoline successfully changes course in a coming-of-age WWII love story that will entrance fans and newcomers alike.--Booklist "Scottoline's admirable foray into historical fiction...expertly brings historical events to life. Fans of WWII fiction will be drawn to this immersive, emotional novel."--Publishers Weekly "Quite a change from Scottoline's bestselling contemporary thrillers: an ambitious, deeply researched historical account of three Roman families caught in the meltdown of Fascist Italy...Heartfelt."--Kirkus Reviews"A powerfully moving story of loss, loyalty, family and love."--Woman's World "As Americans go through huge growing pains (hopefully leading to something positive) in terms of their own racist pasts, Eternal offers us hope. Somehow love really can save the day--romantic love, brotherhood, spiritual love, love for a good nation and the democratic process. May the scholarship and literary invention of this extraordinary novel find a home in the hearts of readers everywhere."--Bookreporter.com Eternal is remarkable historical fiction that brings to life Rome in the years leading up to and during WWII on the shoulders of unforgettable characters caught up on all sides of terrible events spinning beyond their control. Scottoline's research is impeccable, her storytelling is propulsive, and the emotional times she describes are deep, moving, and yes, eternal. --Mark Sullivan, bestselling author of Beneath a Scarlet Sky The master storyteller Lisa Scottoline is at the height of her powers with Eternal. This magnificent epic is the story of three childhood friends who come of age during World War II Italy. You are with them in the worst of times as they navigate their lost dreams. You will root for their survival as they find redemption in a post-war world they must build with hope. Love. Faith. Friendship. Courage. It's all here and it is essential reading.--Adriana Trigiani, bestselling author of Lucia, Lucia and The Shoemaker's Wife In Eternal, Lisa Scottoline expands her formidable talents to World War II Italy and the heartwarming tale of three families whose intersecting worlds are torn apart. Scottoline captures the tragic beauty of wartime Rome through the eyes of unforgettable characters with whom readers will hope and mourn and cheer. A passionate story of friendship, loyalty, and unbridled heroism.--Pam Jenoff, bestselling author of The Lost Girls of Paris "Eternal is a gripping story of suffering and survival. It unspools at a heart-stopping pace, yet each page resonates with emotions: fear, hope, sorrow, yearning, love, empathy, sympathy, and, ultimately, joy. The book lives up to its title. It will echo in the minds of readers for a long time."--Sandra Brown What Elena Ferrante did with her Neapolitan Quartet, Scottoline does for war-time Rome: brings it to life as the city is ripped apart by men in power and barely held together by the courage and decency of those who stand against them. Eternal is a must read.--Lorenzo Carcaterra "At its heart, Eternal is a beautiful, heartbreaking, yet ultimately uplifting love story. Meticulously researched, this riveting World War II-era novel explores what happens when beautiful Elisabetta must choose between lifelong best friends Sandro and Marco. As they get caught up in the madness that overtakes Italy when it becomes a satellite of Hitler and the Third Reich, each must make a gut-wrenching choice that determines the course of the rest of their lives. Action-packed and haunting, Eternal will stay with you for a long time after you finish reading it. I loved this book!"--Karen Robards, author of The Black Swan of Paris Lisa Scottoline is a magnificent storyteller. Eternal is a triangular story of first love, told against the backdrop of WWII in Rome, that is both terrifying and magical; three young people at one of the worst times in history are filled with love, hate, fear, rage, and at the end, survival and hope. Eternal is brilliantly written. Scottoline hits new heights in this spellbinding tale of decades-old family secrets and rips apart the fragility of first loves. I was pulled in from the first page by the lives of Scottoline's characters as they tried to make their way through events beyond their control in this richly detailed story that makes you feel like you're right alongside them. --Andrew Mayne, author of The Naturalist and The Girl Beneath the Sea About The Author Lisa Scottoline is the New York Times-bestselling author of thirty-two novels. She has 30 million copies of her books in print in the United States and has been published in thirty-five countries. Scottoline also writes a weekly column with her daughter for The Philadelphia Inquirer. Lisa has served as President of Mystery Writers of America and has taught a course she developed, Justice in Fiction at the University of Pennsylvania Law School, her alma mater. She lives in the Philadelphia area.
Both Sides Now - by Peyton Thomas (Hardcover)
Dimensions (Overall): 8.6 Inches (H) x 1 Inches (W) x 5.8 Inches (D)Weight: 1 PoundsNumber of Pages: 304Genre: Juvenile FictionSub-Genre: RomanceFormat: HardcoverPublisher: Dial BooksAuthor: Peyton ThomasAge Range: TeenBook theme: LGBTLanguage: English Book Synopsis A witty and warm-hearted novel about a trans teen finding his place in the world perfect for fans of Red, White and Royal Blue There's only one thing standing between Finch Kelly and a full-blown case of high school senioritis: the National Speech & Debate Tournament. Taking home the gold would not only be the pinnacle of Finch's debating career, but the perfect way to launch himself into his next chapter: college in Washington, DC, and a history-making career as the first trans congressman. What could possibly go wrong? Well, for starters, Finch could develop a teeny tiny crush on his very attractive, very taken, and very gay debate partner, Jonah. Never mind that Finch has never considered whether he's interested in more than just girls. And that dream of college in DC? Finch hasn't exactly been accepted anywhere yet, let alone received the full-ride scholarship he'll need to make this dream a reality. Worst of all, though, is this year's topic for Nationals: transgender rights. If he wants to cinch the gold, and get into college, Finch might have to argue against his own humanity. People say there are two sides to every argument. But, as Finch is about to discover, some things--like who you are and who you love--are not up for debate. About the Author Peyton Thomas is a freelance journalist with bylines in Pitchfork, Billboard, and Vanity Fair. He was a 2016 Lambda Literary Fellow, studying under Benjamin Alire Sáenz. He lives in Toronto, and Both Sides Now will be his debut novel.
Who Was Milton Hershey? ( Who Was) (Paperback) by James Buckley Jr.
Dimensions (Overall): 7.5 Inches (H) x 5.3 Inches (W) x .3 Inches (D)Weight: .25 PoundsNumber of Pages: 105Genre: Juvenile NonfictionSub-Genre: Business + Economics, Cooking + Food, Biography + Autobiography / Science + TechnologySeries Title: Who WasFormat: PaperbackPublisher: Grosset & DunlapAuthor: James Buckley Jr.Age Range: 9-12 YearsLanguage: English About the Book "Discover the man behind the chocolate bar! Milton Hershey's life was filled with invention and innovation. As a young man, he was not afraid to dream big and work hard. Eventually, he learned the secret to mass-producing milk chocolate and the recipe that gave it a longer, more stable shelf life. He founded a school for those who didn't have access to a good education and an entire town for his employees. Both his chocolate empire and his great personal legacy live on today."--Provided by publisher. Book Synopsis Discover the man behind the chocolate bar! Milton Hershey's life was filled with invention and innovation. As a young man, he was not afraid to dream big and work hard. Eventually, he learned the secret to mass-producing milk chocolate and the recipe that gave it a longer, more stable shelf life. He founded a school for those who didn't have access to a good education and an entire town for his employees. Both his chocolate empire and his great personal legacy live on today. About The Author James Buckley, Jr is a sports writer for children. He has written more than 50 books about sports for kids, including titles on baseball, football, NASCAR, soccer, the Olympics, and more.
J.D. and the Family Business - (J.D. the Kid Barber) by J Dillard (Paperback)
Dimensions (Overall): 8.8 Inches (H) x .3 Inches (W) x 7.25 Inches (D)Weight: 1 PoundsNumber of Pages: 160Genre: Juvenile FictionSub-Genre: People & PlacesSeries Title: J.D. the Kid BarberFormat: PaperbackPublisher: KokilaAuthor: J DillardAge Range: 4-8 YearsBook theme: African American, United StatesLanguage: English About the Book "Eight-year-old kid barber J.D. joins forces with his sister, who has beauty shop dreams, to find stardom online"-- Book Synopsis Eight-year-old kid barber J.D. joins forces with his sister, who has beauty shop dreams, in this hilarious illustrated chapter book series. J.D. is a barber battle champion. He's graduated from home haircuts to having a regular chair at the neighborhood shop, Hart and Son, and he's making enough money to keep his candy jar stocked and his comic book collection growing. And yet, J.D. knows it's time for his next challenge. He doesn't just want to be the best barber in Meridian, Mississippi--he wants to be the best barber in the state . . . and maybe the country! When his older sister, Vanessa, starts to gain a following online for her hair tutorials, the kids decide that to truly level up, they must join forces. How do two siblings with big personalities, big ambitions, and competitive spirits work together (or not) to take over the hair world? From the creative mind of J. Dillard, an entrepreneur, public speaker, and personal barber, comes the second book in a chapter book series with characters that are easy to fall for and nearly impossible to forget. Akeem S. Roberts's lively illustrations make this series a must-buy for reluctant readers. About the Author J. Dillard (known as the Barberpreneur) is a former managing partner for ConAllegiance, a consulting firm based out of Atlanta, Georgia. He is a master barber, a certified consultant, and an industry leader who started cutting his own hair at the age of ten. After many trials and tribulations, he began cutting hair professionally in 1999 and became a shop owner while attending college at Tuskegee University in Alabama. He travels the country with his clients as a personal barber and calls Atlanta home. This is his first book series for children. Akeem S. Roberts is an illustrator based in Brooklyn. He works as an in-house animator for Holler Studios and contributes cartoons regularly to The New Yorker. He is a graduate of the University of South Carolina. When Akeem is not working, he likes to eat food (who doesn't?), drink coffee, and make comics about his day-to-day life on Instagram.
All about Bluey - (Board Book)
Dimensions (Overall): 9 Inches (H) x 1 Inches (W) x 6 Inches (D)Weight: 1 PoundsNumber of Pages: 12Genre: Juvenile FictionSub-Genre: AnimalsSeries Title: BlueyFormat: Board BookPublisher: Penguin Young Readers LicensesAuthor: VariousAge Range: 4-8 YearsBook theme: DogsLanguage: English Book Synopsis Meet Bluey! This lovable and imaginative Blue Heeler puppy is ready for her next adventure. Based on the on the wildly successful animated series, Bluey, as seen on Disney+ Learn all about Bluey Heeler in this fun shaped board book! Bluey loves to play, explore, and use her imagination to turn everyday life into an amazing adventure. Now Bluey fans can meet her family and her friends, learn about her favorite games and adventures, and even learn her favorite part about school! Based on the on the wildly successful animated series, Bluey, as seen on Disney+
The Sweetest Remedy - by Jane Igharo (Paperback)
Dimensions (Overall): 9 Inches (H) x 1 Inches (W) x 6 Inches (D)Weight: 1 PoundsNumber of Pages: 336Genre: Fiction + Literature GenresSub-Genre: RomanceFormat: PaperbackPublisher: Berkley BooksAuthor: Jane IgharoAge Range: AdultBook theme: Multicultural & InterracialLanguage: English Book Synopsis When a woman travels to Nigeria to attend the funeral of the father she never knew, she meets her extravagant family for the first time, a new and inspiring love interest, and discovers parts of herself she didn't know were missing, from Jane Igharo, the acclaimed author of Ties That Tether. Hannah Bailey has never known her father, the Nigerian entrepreneur who had a brief relationship with her white mother. Because of this, Hannah has always felt uncertain about part of her identity. When her father dies, she's invited to Nigeria for the funeral. Though she wants to hate the man who abandoned her, she's curious about who he was and where he was from. Searching for answers, Hannah boards a plane to Lagos, Nigeria. In Banana Island, one of Nigeria's most affluent areas, Hannah meets the Jolades, her late father's prestigious family--some who accept her and some who think she doesn't belong. The days leading up to the funeral are chaotic, but Hannah is soon shaped by secrets that unfold, a culture she never thought she would understand or appreciate, and a man who steals her heart and helps her to see herself in a new light. Review Quotes "A beautiful, heartfelt story about the power of love, identity, and family. Ties That Tether is a delightful debut that romance lovers won't want to miss!--Chanel Cleeton, New York Times bestselling author of The Most Beautiful Girl in Cuba"Lovingly written and heartfelt. Ties That Tether is a beautiful exploration of culture, family, and romance. Azere's journey to find her own voice should resonate with anyone who's ever felt trapped between conflicting worlds and expectations."--Helen Hoang, USA Today bestselling author of The Heart Principle "Ties That Tether takes the reader on a rich, emotional journey. A big, bold story about finding ourselves amidst the struggles of family loyalty, honoring one's culture, and the endless facets of love. Loved every glorious moment of this book!"--Jennifer Probst, New York Times bestselling author of Our Italian Summer"[An] intriguing examination into the dynamics of family relationships and what it means to have pride in one's culture and heritage. It also holds some unexpected twists and turns that will keep readers engaged until the end.--Associated Press, on Ties That Tether "This exploration of identity, love and loss in the context of an interracial relationship feels authentic and bittersweet, yet hopeful all the same."--BookPage, on Ties That Tether "Happily ever after is hard-won and satisfying in this #ownvoices romance."--Shelf Awareness, on Ties That Tether "Igharo's debut beautifully depicts the tension between self-determination and the desire to live up to family expectations...Clever and heart-warming storytelling. Readers will be rooting for Azere from the very first page."--Library Journal (starred review), on Ties That Tether "An unexpected and heartfelt romance about true love and the sacrifices we make for it."--Sonya Lalli, author of Serena Singh Flips the Script, on Ties That Tether "Ties That Tether was a roller coaster ride from page one and holy cow did I love it. Jane Igharo chronicles Azere's journey in such a beautiful, wrenching, and relatable way. As Azere struggled to find a balance between her love life, her own happiness, and the expectations of her family, I went through a whirlwind of emotions--and I adored every minute of it. I laughed and teared up and cheered and yelled. Best of all, Jane Igharo delivers a happily ever after that made me smile until my cheeks hurt. I tore through this amazing book, I couldn't read it fast enough.--Sarah Smith, Author of Simmer Down "A Nigerian immigrant herself, Igharo tackles issues like immigration, cultural identity, and interracial dating in a compelling way. While a love story at heart, this book is so much more than that. It's a must-read for your summer vacation."--Betches, on Ties That Tether "A wonderful fall romance with immense depth, Ties That Tether seizes you from the very beginning."--Shondaland"The best part of this book for me was Azere and her mother's relationship. It is so fraught with the immigration experience.... To read this book is to read it for the tenderness of the romance and for the immigrant experience, to feel your heart soften and your throat clog with tears, and to celebrate the resilience of the spirit. As Rilke has said, 'To love is the ultimate human task.' So celebrate the love between the protagonists and within their families as you turn the pages."--Frolic, on Ties That Tether "...with deft writing, snappy dialogue, rom-com movie references throughout, and a delightful cast of characters, Ties That Tether is a wonderful romance and the start of a long career for Jane Igharo."--Fresh Fiction "With writing that marries genuine and infectious emotion with witty humor, Igharo has created an endearing love story about family, culture, and identity."--Booklist, on Ties That Tether "Igharo brings a great deal of heart to Azere's internal conflict as she navigates two cultures. This emotional debut marks Igharo as a writer to watch."--Publishers Weekly, on Ties That Tether About the Author Jane Abieyuwa Igharo, author of Ties That Tether, was born in Nigeria and immigrated to Canada at the age of twelve. She has a journalism degree from the University of Toronto and works as a communications specialist in Ontario, Canada. When she isn't writing, she's watching Homecoming for the hundredth time and trying to match Beyoncé's vocals to no avail.
The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics(Paperback) by Daniel James Brown
Dimensions (Overall): 8.3 Inches (H) x 5.4 Inches (W) x 1 Inches (D)Weight: .75 PoundsNumber of Pages: 404Genre: Sports + RecreationSub-Genre: Boating, OlympicsFormat: PaperbackPublisher: PENGUIN GROUPAuthor: Daniel James BrownAge Range: AdultLanguage: English & bull; Daniel James Brown’s book tells the story of the University of Washington’s 1936 eight-oar crew and their quest for a gold medal & bull; Commitment & bull; Determination & bull; Optimism About the Book Originally published: New York: Viking Penguin, 2013. Book Synopsis The #1 New York Times-bestselling story about the American Olympic rowing triumph in Nazi Germany--from the author of Facing the Mountain. For readers of Unbroken, out of the depths of the Depression comes an irresistible story about beating the odds and finding hope in the most desperate of times--the improbable, intimate account of how nine working-class boys from the American West showed the world at the 1936 Olympics in Berlin what true grit really meant. It was an unlikely quest from the start. With a team composed of the sons of loggers, shipyard workers, and farmers, the University of Washington's eight-oar crew team was never expected to defeat the elite teams of the East Coast and Great Britain, yet they did, going on to shock the world by defeating the German team rowing for Adolf Hitler. The emotional heart of the tale lies with Joe Rantz, a teenager without family or prospects, who rows not only to regain his shattered self-regard but also to find a real place for himself in the world. Drawing on the boys' own journals and vivid memories of a once-in-a-lifetime shared dream, Brown has created an unforgettable portrait of an era, a celebration of a remarkable achievement, and a chronicle of one extraordinary young man's personal quest. Review Quotes "For those who like adventure stories straight-up, THE BOYS IN THE BOAT... is this year's closest approximation of Unbroken....It's about the University of Washington's crew team: "Nine working-class boys from the American West who at the 1936 Olympics showed the world what true grit really meant." --New York Times "If you imagined a great regatta of books about rowing, then Brown's BOYS IN THE BOAT certainly makes the final heat...."--Boston Globe "The astonishing story of the UW's 1936 eight-oar varsity crew and its rise from obscurity to fame, ...The individual stories of these young men are almost as compelling as the rise of the team itself. Brown excels at weaving those stories with the larger narrative, all culminating in the 1936 Olympic Games...A story this breathtaking demands an equally compelling author, and Brown does not disappoint. The narrative rises inexorably, with the final 50 pages blurring by with white-knuckled suspense as these all-American underdogs pull off the unimaginable."--The Seattle Times "Cogent history..., and a surprisingly suspenseful tale of triumph."--USA Today "This riveting tale of beating the odds (and the Germans) at the 1936 Olympics is a rousing story of American can-do-ism. It's also a portrait of the nine boys who first rowed together for the University of Washington, and of the one in particular who made the sport his family and his home." --Parade "This riveting and inspiring saga evokes that of Seabiscuit...Readers need neither background nor interest in competitive rowing to be captivated by this remarkable and beautifully crafted history. Written with the drama of a compelling novel, it's a quintessentially American story that burnishes the esteem in which we embrace what has come to be known as the Greatest Generation."--Associated Press "A stirring tale of nine Depression-era athletes beating the odds and their inner demons to compete at the 1936 Berlin Olympics. You can Google the result and spoil the sport, but that won't dull the many pleasures in Daniel James Brown's colorful, highly readable celebration of a grueling collegiate challenge."--Bloomberg News "Brown's book juxtaposes the coming together of the Washington crew team against the Nazis' preparations for the Games, weaving together a history that feels both intimately personal and weighty in its larger historical implications. This book has already been bought for cinematic development, and it's easy to see why: When Brown, a Seattle-based nonfiction writer, describes a race, you feel the splash as the oars slice the water, the burning in the young men's muscles and the incredible drive that propelled these rowers to glory." --Smithsonian Magazine "Those who enjoy reading about Olympic history or amateur or collegiate sports will savor Brown's superb book..."--Library Journal (Starred) "[Brown] offers a vivid picture of the socioeconomic landscape of 1930s America (brutal), the relentlessly demanding effort required of an Olympic-level rower, the exquisite brainpower and materials that go into making a first-rate boat, and the wiles of a coach who somehow found a way to, first beat archrival University of California, then conquer a national field of qualifiers, and finally, defeat the best rowing teams in the world. A book that informs as it inspires."--Booklist (Starred) "An evocative, cinematic prose... [Brown] makes his heroes' struggle as fascinating as the best Olympic sagas."--Publishers Weekly "The story deserves a more visible place in history, and Brown has brought it to light in a way that will appeal to readers regardless of their knowledge of our interest in rowing or wooden boats. It's a story about universal human values: striving for excellence and the triumph of teamwork."--WoodenBoat Magazine "Every sport needs its laureate. With THE BOYS IN THE BOAT, crew has found its voice in Daniel James Brown, who tells a thrilling, heart-thumping tale of a most remarkable band of rowing brothers who upstaged Adolf Hitler at the 1936 Olympics. Well-told history, packed with suspense and a likable bunch of underdogs at the heart of an improbable triumph."--Timothy Egan, author of The Worst Hard Time "For years I've stared and wondered about the old wooden boat resting on the top rack of the UW boathouse. I knew the names of the men that rowed it but never really knew who they were. After reading this book, I feel like I got to relive their journey and witness what it was truly like earning a seat in that Pocock shell. The passion and determination showed by Joe and the rest of the boys in the boat are what every rower aspires to. I will never look at that wooden boat the same again."--Mary Whipple, Olympic gold medal-winning coxswain, women's eight-oared crew, 2008 and 2012 "THE BOYS IN THE BOAT is not only a great and inspiring true story; it is a fascinating work of history."--Nathaniel Philbrick, author of Mayflower and In the Heart of the Sea "In 1936 nine working-class American boys burst from their small towns into the international limelight, unexpectedly wiping the smile off Adolph Hitler's face by beating his vaunted German team to capture the Olympic gold medal. Daniel James Brown has written a robust, emotional snapshot of an era, a book you will recommend to your best friends."--James Bradley, author of Flags of our Fathers and Flyboys "THE BOYS IN THE BOAT is an exciting blend of history and Olympic sport. I was drawn in as much by the personal stories as I was by the Olympic glory. A must read for anyone looking to be inspired!"--Luke Mcgee, USA Rowing Men's National Team Coach "I really can't rave enough about this book. Daniel James Brown has not only captured the hearts and souls of the University of Washington rowers who raced in the 1936 Olympics, he has conjured up an era of history. Brown's evocation of Seattle in the Depression years is dazzling, his limning of character, especially the hardscrabble hero Joe Rantz, is novelistic, his narration of the boat races and the sinister-exalted atmosphere of Berlin in 1936 is cinematic. I read the last fifty pages with white knuckles, and the last twenty-five with tears in my eyes. History, sports, human interest, weather, suspense, design, physics, oppression and inspiration--THE BOYS IN THE BOAT has it all and Brown does full justice to his terrific material. This is Chariots of Fire with oars."--David Laskin, author of The Children's Blizzard and The Long Way Home "A lovingly crafted saga of sweat and idealism that raised goosebumps from the first page. I was enthralled by the story's play of light and shadow, of mortality and immortality, and its multidimensional recreation of the pursuit of excellence. This meditation on human frailty and possibility sneaks up on you until it rushes past with the speed of an eight-oared boat." --Laurence Bergreen, author of Columbus and Over the Edge of the World "Daniel Brown's book tells the dramatic story of the crew that set the stage for Seattle emerging as a world-class city. Their lives define the tradition that is still University of Washington rowing today."--Bob Ernst, director of rowing, University of Washington About The Author Daniel James Brown is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Boys in the Boat, The Indifferent Stars Above, and Under a Flaming Sky. He has taught writing at San Jose State University and Stanford University. He lives outside Seattle.
The Big Door Prize - by M O Walsh (Paperback)
Dimensions (Overall): 9 Inches (H) x 1 Inches (W) x 6 Inches (D)Weight: 1 PoundsNumber of Pages: 384Genre: Fiction + Literature GenresSub-Genre: LiteraryFormat: PaperbackPublisher: G.P. Putnam's SonsAuthor: M O WalshAge Range: AdultLanguage: English Book Synopsis The New York Times bestselling author of My Sunshine Away returns with another instant Southern classic: a gripping and heartfelt novel about a mysterious machine that upends a small Louisiana town. What would you do if you knew your life's potential? That's the question facing the residents of Deerfield, Louisiana, when the DNAMIX machine appears in their local grocery store. It's nothing to look at, really--it resembles a plain photo booth. But its promise is amazing: With just a quick swab of your cheek and two dollars, the device claims to use the science of DNA to tell you your life's destiny. With enough credibility to make the townspeople curious, the machine soon has the teachers, nurses, and shopkeepers of Deerfield abruptly changing course to pursue their new destinies as magicians, cowboys, and athletes--including Douglas Hubbard and his wife, Cherilyn, who both believed they were perfectly happy until they realized they could dream for more.... Written with linguistic grace and a sense of wonder, The Big Door Prize sparkles with keen observations about what it might mean to stay true to oneself while honoring the bonds of marriage, friendship, and community, even under the strangest of circumstances. Review Quotes One of PopSugar's 25 New Books Everyone Will Be Talking About in SeptemberOne of New York Post's Required Reading Picks "The ability to take what is primarily a funny, engaging, leisurely paced look at Small Town, USA, a la Fannie Flagg, and turn it into a breathless, high-stakes page-turner in the last 60 pages speaks to the mastery of Walsh's storytelling skills. But what makes The Big Door Prize most appealing is its deeply humane characters who are primarily sweet and kind-hearted, but who get drunk and fight and act a fool just enough to give them a bit of an edge. Weaving it all together is a gentle sense of humor conveyed through comic events and clever observations that make us laugh not so much at the characters but at the sight of ourselves within them." -Atlanta Journal-Constitution "The Big Door Prize is M. O. Walsh's long-awaited second novel and a captivating analysis of human nature, ambition, and how we chase our dreams while honoring our relationships and commitments." -Deep South Magazine "[Walsh] eloquently explores the idea of second changes and makes the surreal seem achingly and poignantly authentic." -Augusta Chronicle "Walsh's brand of comic tenderness is the perfect soother for these troubled times....Like Thornton Wilder or Edgar Lee Masters, those other masters of the small town collective portrait, Walsh probes the secrets at the heart of individual lives and reminds us to look long, listen hard, and offer compassion." -The Times-Picayune The New Orleans Advocate "The premise [of The Big Door Prize] is fantastic and at the same time, simple....M. O. Walsh is a gift. He is imaginative and productive....Definitely one to watch." -Tuscaloosa News "All of [the] characters are fully realized and artfully drawn....From the opening line, the reader has the sense of a wise, omniscient narrator peeking into various bars, cars, and bedroom windows, a twinkle in his eye as he brings some mischief to the lives within....These connections lie at the heart of The Big Door Prize, and what an enormous heart it is." -Chapter 16 "[A] surprising and heartwarming contemporary drama about looking back and looking forward...Readers of this singular, nuanced story will, quite possibly and without a machine as prompt, undertake their own personal reflection." -Shelf Awareness "[A] big-hearted and magical novel about fate, identity and the loyalties of a small town...Combining the humor and heart of small-town cozy fiction with the poignancy of literary fiction and the drama of domestic suspense, M. O. Walsh proves once again that he is a writer who needs to live on your bookshelves." -BookReporter "Walsh skirts the edge of fantasy in this playful and touching tale....The novel transcends its quirky premise, offering many insights on the mysteries of the human heart." -Publishers Weekly (starred review) "It's hard to believe that Walsh wrote this moving novel long before the COVID-19 pandemic, for there is eerie prescience in its soulful message that gratitude and grace are not to be taken for granted and that life can be upended in an instant." -Booklist (starred review) An eccentric, well-written small-town novel jam-packed with appealing characters and their dreams. --Kirkus Reviews "The Big Door Prize calls attention to the ordinary, hard-won joys of real people. M. O. Walsh's second novel is a feel-good read in a down-home setting, with serious undertones." --BookPage "Think of The Big Door Prize as a beautiful box full of all the things that compose our lives: love, fate, chance, jealousy, sadness, jokes, desire, and music. M.O. Walsh gives us all this and more, page after page, until we feel as if we know a little bit more about everything there is worth knowing. One of the most big-hearted books you'll ever read, about so much, but, in the end, really about the secret of life: the specifics of caring." --Daniel Wallace, author of Extraordinary Adventures and Big Fish The lives of a couple facing their mid-life crisis and a young man coming of age intersect in this humorous and hopeful novel. M.O. Walsh has never been afraid to go down into the darkest places of the human heart, but his truthfulness is balanced by a beautiful optimism, just as his sharp humor is leavened by his genuine affection for the layered, vital characters he creates. A wise, wry, twisty, and entertaining tale. I loved it. --Joshilyn Jackson, author of Never Have I Ever The characters in The Big Door Prize are familiar yet curious--so much like my own neighbors that I began to weave myself into the story, considering other lives I might live if I were braver, pluckier. Walsh's novel is the ideal summer read, an immersive escape as well as a brilliant examination of free will vs. determinism. --Mary Miller, author of Biloxi and Always Happy Hour "Part mystery, all charm. The big prize here is for readers: a heartwarming and eccentric page-turner in the grand tradition of Southern literature that will keep you wondering until the very end. Walsh writes his characters with great respect to prove we're never too old to discover new things about ourselves." --Steven Rowley, author of The Editor and Lily and the Octopus About the Author M. O. Walsh's writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Guardian, Oxford American, The Southern Review, and Best New American Voices, among others. His novel My Sunshine Away was a New York Times bestseller and winner of the Pat Conroy Southern Book Prize. He is a graduate of the MFA program at the University of Mississippi and currently directs the Creative Writing Workshop at the University of New Orleans.
The 48 Laws of Power - by Robert Greene (Paperback)
Dimensions (Overall): 9 Inches (H) x 1 Inches (W) x 6 Inches (D)Weight: 1 PoundsNumber of Pages: 452Genre: PhilosophySub-Genre: PoliticalFormat: PaperbackPublisher: Penguin GroupAuthor: Robert GreeneAge Range: AdultLanguage: English About the Book Amoral, cunning, ruthless, and instructive, this bestselling work distills 3,000 years of the history of power into 48 well-explicated laws. As attention-grabbing in its design as it is in content, this bold volume outlines the laws of power in their unvarnished essence, synthesizing the philosophies of Machiavelli, Sun-tzu, Carl von Clausewitz, and other great thinkers. Book Synopsis Amoral, cunning, ruthless, and instructive, this multi-million-copy New York Times bestseller is the definitive manual for anyone interested in gaining, observing, or defending against ultimate control - from the author of The Laws of Human Nature. In the book that People magazine proclaimed "beguiling" and "fascinating," Robert Greene and Joost Elffers have distilled three thousand years of the history of power into 48 essential laws by drawing from the philosophies of Machiavelli, Sun Tzu, and Carl Von Clausewitz and also from the lives of figures ranging from Henry Kissinger to P.T. Barnum. Some laws teach the need for prudence ("Law 1: Never Outshine the Master"), others teach the value of confidence ("Law 28: Enter Action with Boldness"), and many recommend absolute self-preservation ("Law 15: Crush Your Enemy Totally"). Every law, though, has one thing in common: an interest in total domination. In a bold and arresting two-color package, The 48 Laws of Power is ideal whether your aim is conquest, self-defense, or simply to understand the rules of the game. From the Back Cover THE BESTSELLING BOOK FOR THOSE WHO WANT POWER, WATCH POWER, OR WANT TO ARM THEMSELVES AGAINST POWER . . .A moral, cunning, ruthless, and instructive, this piercing work distills three thousand years of the history of power into forty-eight well-explicated laws. As attention-grabbing in its design as it is in its content, this bold volume outlines the laws of power in their unvarnished essence, synthesizing the philosophies of Machiavelli, Sun-tzu, Carl von Clausewitz, and other great thinkers. Some laws require prudence ("Law 1: Never Outshine the Master"), some stealth ("Law 3: Conceal Your Intentions"), and some the total absence of mercy ("Law 15: Crush Your Enemy Totally") but like it or not, all have applications in real-life situations. Illustrated through the tactics of Queen Elizabeth I, Henry Kissinger, P. T. Barnum, and other famous figures who have wielded -- or been victimized by -- power, these laws will fascinate any reader interested in gaining, observing, or defending against ultimate control. Review Quotes "Machiavelli has a new rival. And Sun Tzu had better watch his back. Greene . . . has put together a checklist of ambitious behavior. Just reading the table of contents is enough to stir a little corner-office lust."--New York magazine "Beguiling . . . literate . . . fascinating. A wry primer for people who desperately want to be on top."--People magazine "An heir to Machiavelli's Prince . . . gentler souls will find this book frightening, those whose moral compass is oriented solely to power will have a perfect vade mecum." --Publishers Weekly "Satisfyingly dense and . . . literary, with fantastic examples of genius power-game players. It's The Rules meets In Pursuit of Wow! with a degree in comparative literature."--Allure About The Author Robert Greene, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The 48 Laws of Power, The 33 Strategies of War, The Art of Seduction, Mastery, and The Laws of Human Nature, is an internationally renowned expert on power strategies. He lives in Los Angeles. Joost Elffers is the packaging genius behind Viking Studio's Secret Language series, Play with Your Food, and How Are You Peeling?. He lives in New York City.
The Royals Next Door - by Karina Halle (Paperback)
Dimensions (Overall): 9 Inches (H) x 1 Inches (W) x 6 Inches (D)Weight: 1 PoundsNumber of Pages: 368Genre: Fiction + Literature GenresSub-Genre: RomanceFormat: PaperbackPublisher: Berkley BooksAuthor: Karina HalleAge Range: AdultBook theme: RoyaltyLanguage: English About the Book "An ordinary summer goes royally awry when a prince and princess move next door, bringing their handsome bodyguard with them, from New York Times bestselling author Karina Halle. Piper Evans: elementary school teacher by day--avid romance reader and anonymous podcaster by night. She lives a quiet, reclusive life, taking care of her mother, who lives with mental illness; avoiding her regrettable ex, who bartends in town; and trying to make inroads in the tight-knit island community that still sees her, five years in, as an outsider. And she's happy with how things are--really--until British royals rent the property next to hers and their brooding bodyguard decides she's a security threat. Piper quickly realizes that one person's fairy tale is an ordinary woman's nightmare as a media frenzy takes over the island and each run-in with Harrison Cole is hotter and more confusing than the last. But beneath Harrison's no-nonsense exterior lies a soft heart, one that could tempt a woman who's sworn off attachments into believing in white knights. But when Piper finds herself smack in the middle of a royal scandal that rocks the island, she'll need more than Harrison's strong arms to shield her--she'll have to do a little rescuing herself. With careers, hearts, and friendships on the line, Piper and Harrison will have to decide what they're willing to give up for a chance at their own happily ever after"-- Book Synopsis One of PopSugar's Top Summer Reads of 2021! An ordinary summer goes royally awry when a prince and princess move next door, bringing their handsome bodyguard with them, from New York Times bestselling author Karina Halle. Piper Evans: elementary school teacher by day--avid romance reader and anonymous podcaster by night. She has a quiet, reclusive life, taking care of her mother, who lives with mental illness, avoiding her regrettable ex, who bartends in town, and trying to make inroads in the tight-knit island community that still sees her, five years in, as an outsider. And she's happy with how things are--really--until British royals rent the property next to hers and their brooding bodyguard decides she's a security threat. Piper quickly realizes that one person's fairy tale is an ordinary woman's nightmare as a media frenzy takes over the island and each run-in with Harrison Cole is hotter and more confusing than the last. But beneath Harrison's no-nonsense exterior lies a soft heart, one that could tempt a woman who's sworn off attachments into believing in white knights. But when Piper finds herself smack in the middle of a royal scandal that rocks the island she'll need more than Harrison's strong arms to shield her--she'll have to do a little rescuing herself. With careers, hearts, and friendships on the line, Piper and Harrison will have to decide what they're willing to give up for a chance at their own happily ever after. Review Quotes "Karina Halle always charms."--Christina Lauren, New York Times bestselling author A romance brimming with tension and fun, while putting mental health and trauma recovery at its center.--Library Journal About the Author Karina Halle is a screenwriter, former music & travel journalist, and the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today Bestselling author of over sixty novels all across the romance genre. She lives with her musician husband and their adopted pit bull on an island off the coast of British Columbia, where the trees are tall, the ocean is wild, and the ideas for her future books never stop flowing.
Girl Code : Unlocking the Secrets to Success, Sanity, and Happiness for the Female Entrepreneur - by Cara Alwill Leyba (Paperback)
Dimensions (Overall): 8.3 Inches (H) x 5.5 Inch (W) x .4 Inch (D)Weight: .3 PoundsNumber of Pages: 155Genre: Business + Money ManagementSub-Genre: Motivational & InspirationalFormat: PaperbackPublisher: Penguin Group USAAuthor: Cara Alwill LeybaAge Range: AdultLanguage: English About the Book "Women around the world have responded to Cara Alwill Leyba's Girl Code with a resounding YES. Companies like Kate Spade and Macy's have brought her in to teach "the Code." Inc. magazine named Girl Code one of the "Top 9 Inspiring Books Every Female Entrepreneur Should Read" alongside Lean In, #Girlboss, and Thrive. A few years ago I made a crazy claim in the first edition of Girl Code: that in today's competitive marketplace, the fiercest thing a female entrepreneur can do is to support other women. Something dynamic happens when women genuinely show up for each other. When we lose the facades, cut the bullsh*t, and truly have each other's backs. When we stop pretending everything is perfect, and show the messy, beautiful parts of ourselves and our work--which all look awfully similar. When we talk about our fears, our missteps, and our breakdowns. And most importantly, when we share our celebrations, our breakthroughs, and our solutions. I'm convinced that there's no reason to hoard information, connections, or insight. Wisdom is meant to be shared, so let's start sharing what we've learned to make each other better. Let's start building each other up. Let's live up to our potential and start ruling the world. Girl Code is a roadmap for female entrepreneurs, professional women, "side hustlers" (those with a day job plus a part-time small business), and anyone in between. This book won't teach you how to build a multimillion-dollar company. It won't teach you about systems or finance. But it will teach you how to build confidence in yourself, reconnect with your "why," eradicate jealousy, and ultimately learn the power of connection. Because at the end of the day, that's what life and business are all about"-- Book Synopsis Women around the world have responded to Cara Alwill Leyba's Girl Code with a resounding YES. Companies like Kate Spade and Macy's have brought her in to teach "the Code." Inc. magazine named Girl Code one of the "Top 9 Inspiring Books Every Female Entrepreneur Should Read" alongside Lean In, #Girlboss, and Thrive. A few years ago, I made a crazy claim in the first edition of Girl Code that in today's competitive marketplace, the fiercest thing a female entrepreneur can do is to support other women. Something dynamic happens when women genuinely show up for each other. When we lose the facades, cut the bullsh*t, and truly have each other's backs. When we stop pretending everything is perfect, and show the messy, beautiful parts of ourselves and our work--which all look awfully similar. When we talk about our fears, our missteps, and our breakdowns. And most importantly, when we share our celebrations, our breakthroughs, and our solutions. I'm convinced that there's no reason to hoard information, connections, or insight. Wisdom is meant to be shared, so let's start sharing what we've learned to make each other better. Let's start building each other up. Let's live up to our potential and start ruling the world. Girl Code is a roadmap for female entrepreneurs, professional women, "side hustlers" (those with a day job plus a part-time small business), and anyone in between. This book won't teach you how to build a multimillion-dollar company. It won't teach you about systems or finance. But it will teach you how to build confidence in yourself, reconnect with your "why," eradicate jealousy, and ultimately learn the power of connection. Because at the end of the day, that's what life and business are all about. Review Quotes Named one of The 9 Books Every Female Entrepreneur Should Read by Inc. Magazine About The Author Cara Alwill Leyba is an author, speaker, and master life coach who encourages women to celebrate themselves and make their happiness a priority. Her popular blog, The Champagne Diet, has been featured in Glamour, Marie Claire, Shape, Cosmopolitan, and others. Cara's chic and stylish approach to self-help has attracted women all around the world to attend her workshops, read her books, tune into her podcast, Style Your Mind, and follow her on social media. She lives in Brooklyn, NY.
A Slow Fire Burning - by Paula Hawkins (Hardcover)
Dimensions (Overall): 9 Inches (H) x 1 Inches (W) x 6 Inches (D)Weight: 1 PoundsNumber of Pages: 320Genre: Fiction + Literature GenresSub-Genre: ThrillersFormat: HardcoverPublisher: Riverhead BooksAuthor: Paula HawkinsAge Range: AdultBook theme: SuspenseLanguage: English Book Synopsis The scorching new thriller from the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Girl on the Train. "A Slow Fire Burning twists and turns like a great thriller should, but it's also deep, intelligent and intensely human." - Lee Child "Only a clairvoyant could anticipate the book's ending" - New York Times With the same propulsion that captivated millions of readers worldwide in The Girl on the Train and Into the Water, Paula Hawkins unfurls a gripping, twisting story of deceit, murder, and revenge. When a young man is found gruesomely murdered in a London houseboat, it triggers questions about three women who knew him. Laura is the troubled one-night-stand last seen in the victim's home. Carla is his grief-stricken aunt, already mourning the recent death of yet another family member. And Miriam is the nosy neighbor clearly keeping secrets from the police. Three women with separate connections to the victim. Three women who are - for different reasons - simmering with resentment. Who are, whether they know it or not, burning to right the wrongs done to them. When it comes to revenge, even good people might be capable of terrible deeds. How far might any one of them go to find peace? How long can secrets smolder before they explode into flame? Look what you started. Review Quotes Praise for A Slow Fire Burning "The flaws of each character will surprise and perhaps even enchant you -- and only a clairvoyant could anticipate the book's ending."-- The New York Times Book Review "I love Paula Hawkins, and this is why--A Slow Fire Burning twists and turns like a great thriller should, but it's also deep, intelligent and intensely human . . . the characters are just like people you know . . . or maybe even just like you yourself. Hawkins is proving herself a worthy 21st century heir to Barbara Vine and Patricia Highsmith." --LEE CHILD About the Author Paula Hawkins is the author of the #1 New York Times-bestselling novels Into the Water and The Girl on the Train. An international #1 bestseller, The Girl on the Train has sold 23 million copies worldwide and has been adapted into a major motion picture. Hawkins was born in Zimbabwe and now lives in London.
Haunting of Hill House (Hardcover)
Dimensions (Overall): 7.4 Inches (H) x 4.2 Inch (W) x .9 Inch (D)Weight: .4 PoundsNumber of Pages: 288Genre: Juvenile FictionFormat: HardcoverPublisher: PENGUIN GROUPAuthor: VariousAge Range: AdultLanguage: English
The Beautiful - by Renée Ahdieh (Paperback)
Dimensions (Overall): 8.3 Inches (H) x .8 Inches (W) x 5.5 Inches (D)Weight: 1 PoundsNumber of Pages: 480Genre: Juvenile FictionSub-Genre: FantasySeries Title: BeautifulFormat: PaperbackPublisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young ReadersAuthor: Renée AhdiehAge Range: TeenBook theme: GeneralLanguage: English Book Synopsis Now in paperback, the first book--an instant bestseller--in the sumptuous, sultry, and romantic YA vampire series from New York Times bestselling author Renee Ahdieh. In 1872, New Orleans is a city ruled by the dead. But to seventeen-year-old Celine Rousseau, New Orleans is a safe haven after she's forced to flee her life as a dressmaker in Paris. Taken in by the sisters of the Ursuline convent, Celine is quickly enraptured by the vibrant city becoming embroiled in the glitzy underworld, known as La Cour des Lions, after catching the eye of the group's enigmatic leader, Sébastien Saint Germain. When the body of one of the girls from the convent is found in Sébastien's own lair--the second dead girl to turn up in recent weeks--Celine must battle her attraction to Sébastien and suspicions about his guilt along with the shame of her own horrible secret. Review Quotes Praise for The Beautiful "The Beautiful, which kicks off a new series, returns the vampire novel to popular form, evoking the style of Anne Rice and breathing fresh life into the genre." --Entertainment Weekly "It's true: Vampires are back, and they're more seductive than ever." --Bustle "Ahdieh brings New Orleans vibrantly to life, particularly when exploring the complicated racial and gender restrictions of high society through main and supporting characters of mixed-race origin. Sure to please fans of the author and of the vampire-romance genre." --Kirkus "The first in a series, this mystery novel shines when it focuses on Celine and her struggle to fit into society while trying to be true to herself." --School Library Journal "An action-packed third act and a final reveal will have readers grasping for the sequel. . . Vampires never stay dead for long, and best-selling Ahdieh's approach--part homage to the classics, part fresh-eyed revitalization--will intrigue all but the most committed skeptics." --Booklist "Darkly glamorous . . . Compelling." --The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books "Ahdieh's New Orleans is lushly atmospheric, permeating this series opener with an undercurrent of violence within a seductive underworld around Mardi Gras. . . Readers will champion Celine's wit and incredible grit--even surrounded by powerful, supernatural protectors, Celine fights for herself and those she loves. . . Fans will clamor for the continuation to this captivating volume." --Publishers Weekly"An incredibly ornate, lush New Orleans; characters who imprint themselves on your memory forever; a story that is nail-biting and swoony and satisfying and tense ALL AT THE SAME TIME. And of course . . . VAMPIRES." --Sabaa Tahir, New York Times bestselling author of An Ember in the Ashes"It's intoxicating. The Beautiful has that decadent, slow-moving horror that feels like a dream slipping to nightmare. It's like walking alone down a twilight street and feeling the snap of a branch behind you and that acidic heart-in-your-throat rush of knowing that you're being followed. Stalked." --Roshani Chokshi, New York Times bestselling author of The Gilded Wolves About the Author Renée Ahdieh is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. In her spare time, she likes to dance salsa and collect shoes. She is passionate about all kinds of curry, rescue dogs, and college basketball. The first few years of her life were spent in a high-rise in South Korea; consequently, Renée enjoys having her head in the clouds. She and her family live in Charlotte, North Carolina. She is the #1 New York Times and international bestselling author of the Wrath and the Dawn series, the Flame in the Mist series, and The Beautiful series.
Kiss Quotient - by Helen Hoang (Paperback)
Dimensions (Overall): 8.2 Inches (H) x 5.4 Inch (W) x 1 Inch (D)Weight: .61 PoundsNumber of Pages: 317Genre: Fiction + Literature GenresSub-Genre: Women, RomanceFormat: PaperbackPublisher: Penguin Group USAAuthor: Helen HoangAge Range: AdultBook theme: Multicultural & Interracial, ContemporaryLanguage: English About the Book "Stella Lane comes up with algorithms to predict customer purchases--a job that has given her more money than she knows what to do with, and way less experience in the dating department than the average thirty-year-old. It doesn't help that Stella has Asperger's, and French kissing reminds her of a shark getting its teeth cleaned by pilot fish. Her conclusion: she needs lots of practice--with a professional--which is why she hires escort Michael Phan. With the looks of a K-drama star and the martial arts moves to match, the Vietnamese-Swedish stunner can't afford to turn down Stella's offer"-- Book Synopsis From the author of The Bride Test comes a romance novel hailed as one of The Washington Post's 50 Notable Works of Fiction in 2018 and one of Amazon's Top 100 Books of 2018! "This is such a fun read and it's also quite original and sexy and sensitive."--Roxane Gay, New York Times bestselling author "Hoang's writing bursts from the page."--Buzzfeed A heartwarming and refreshing debut novel that proves one thing: there's not enough data in the world to predict what will make your heart tick. Stella Lane thinks math is the only thing that unites the universe. She comes up with algorithms to predict customer purchases--a job that has given her more money than she knows what to do with, and way less experience in the dating department than the average thirty-year-old. It doesn't help that Stella has Asperger's and French kissing reminds her of a shark getting its teeth cleaned by pilot fish. Her conclusion: she needs lots of practice--with a professional. Which is why she hires escort Michael Phan. The Vietnamese and Swedish stunner can't afford to turn down Stella's offer, and agrees to help her check off all the boxes on her lesson plan--from foreplay to more-than-missionary position... Before long, Stella not only learns to appreciate his kisses, but crave all of the other things he's making her feel. Their no-nonsense partnership starts making a strange kind of sense. And the pattern that emerges will convince Stella that love is the best kind of logic... Review Quotes Praise for The Kiss Quotient "Hoang's witty debut proves that feelings are greater than numbers, no matter how you add things up."--People Magazine "With a deft hand, Hoang crafts an honest and thoughtful look at the challenges Stella's neuroatypicality poses while never losing sight of who Stella is as an individual, especially as her relationship with Michael evolves into something far beyond the scientific."--Harper's Bazaar "Helen Hoang's The Kiss Quotient is an absolute delight--charming, sexy, and centered on a protagonist you love rooting for."--Buzzfeed "Hoang writes Stella with insight and empathy."--The New York Times Book Review "Hoang does an amazing job of crafting a vividly romantic tale filled with depth, humor and a universal sense of humanity."--Emily Giffin, New York Times bestselling author "In just under 24 hours I devoured The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang and it was AWESOME. Adorable, sexy, smart. Exactly the book I wanted to read!"--Christina Lauren, New York Times bestselling author "Clever, sexy and a breath of fresh air! The Kiss Quotient is intoxicatingly witty and romantic!"--Lauren Blakely, New York Times bestselling author "I devoured The Kiss Quotient. It's one of the best books I've read in a very long time. It has everything--it's funny, sad, poignant and impossible to put down."--Christine Feehan, New York Times bestselling author "The Kiss Quotient is unexpected, unconventional and unputdownable. I loved it. Hoang's writing has a sharp, quirky, emotional edge that will resonate with anyone who has ever tried to navigate the complicated world of modern relationships. Opening this book is like setting a match to a handful of fireworks--lots of sparkle, heat and energy."--Jayne Ann Krentz, New York Times bestselling author "The Kiss Quotient had me under a spell the moment I met the hero. I was excited, in love, and couldn't wait to get back to this book every time life forced me to put it down. A rare and riveting love story."--Penelope Douglas, New York Times bestselling author "An unexpectedly sweet romance that left me with a huge smile on my face. I dare you not to fall in love with these two characters and their story. Helen Hoang's debut is quite simply delightful!"--Nalini Singh, New York Times bestselling author "The balance of humor, kindness, and honesty in The Kiss Quotient combined with the gentleness in Hoang's style of storytelling charmed and connected with me in a way no other book has done in a long time."--Book Riot "Hoang knocks it out of the park with this stellar debut about an autistic woman who takes a methodical approach to learning about sex and accidentally gets a lesson in love...Hoang gives [Stella] tremendous depth as a character, never reducing her to a walking diagnosis. The diverse cast and exceptional writing take this romance to the next level, and readers who see themselves in Stella will be ecstatic."--Publishers Weekly (starred) "Equal parts crackling love scenes and emotional, unflinchingly honest conversations, Hoang's debut is as effortlessly beautiful as one of Stella's favorite elegant math equations."--Entertainment Weekly "Compulsively readable."--Library Journal "Hoang's writing bursts from the page."--Buzzfeed"Hoang mixes sexy and tender with panache."--NPR.org "This is such a fun read and it's also quite original and sexy and sensitive."--New York Times bestselling author Roxane Gay "The Kiss Quotient is the perfect balm for any reading slump and a wonderful palate cleanser for the summer. It also might just be the best book you read all year."--Bookpage "A riveting, compulsively readable romance that brims with feeling and warmth."--Entertainment Weekly About The Author Helen Hoang is that shy person who never talks. Until she does. And the worst things fly out of her mouth. She read her first romance novel in eighth grade and has been addicted ever since. In 2016, she was diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder in line with what was previously known as Asperger's Syndrome. Her journey inspired The Kiss Quotient. She currently lives in San Diego, California, with her husband, two kids, and pet fish.
The Comfort Book - by Matt Haig (Hardcover)
Dimensions (Overall): 9 Inches (H) x 1 Inches (W) x 6 Inches (D)Weight: 1 PoundsNumber of Pages: 272Genre: Self ImprovementSub-Genre: Personal GrowthFormat: HardcoverPublisher: Penguin LifeAuthor: Matt HaigAge Range: AdultBook theme: HappinessLanguage: English Book Synopsis An essential book from Matt Haig, the New York Times bestselling author of The Midnight Library, for anyone in search of hope, looking for a path to a more meaningful life, or in need of a little encouragement. "It is a strange paradox, that many of the clearest, most comforting life lessons are learnt while we are at our lowest. But then we never think about food more than when we are hungry and we never think about life rafts more than when we are thrown overboard." THE COMFORT BOOK is Haig's life raft: it's a collection of notes, lists, and stories written over a span of several years that originally served as gentle reminders to Haig's future self that things are not always as dark as they may seem. Incorporating a diverse array of sources from across the world, history, science, and his own experiences, Haig offers warmth and reassurance, reminding us to slow down and appreciate the beauty and unpredictability of existence. Review Quotes The bestselling author of Notes on a Nervous Planet and The Midnight Library offers earnest reflections in this thought-provoking, affirming collection that is both personal and universal...With Haig's trademark empathy and celebration of the resilience of the human heart, this is a book we all need and deserve. -- Booklist Praise for Matt Haig: "A keen-eyed observer of contemporary life." ―New York Times "I can't describe how much his work means to me . . . The king of empathy." ―JAMEELA JAMIL "Love this man's books." ―JODI PICOULT "Haig is one of the most important writers of our time." ―DOLLY ALDERTON "Matt Haig is a writer for children and adults who is adept at digging into the human heart." ―Sunday Times (London) "Matt Haig has an empathy for the human condition, the light and the dark of it, and he uses the full palette to build his excellent stories." ―NEIL GAIMAN "Matt Haig uses words like a tin-opener. We are the tin." ―JEANETTE WINTERSON "Haig is one of the most inspirational popular writers on mental health of our age." ― Independent (London) "Haig writes exquisitely from the perspective of the heart-sore outsider, but at their most moving his novels reveal the unbearable beauty of ordinary life." ―Guardian "Matt Haig has a way of looking at life which will make you stop and think, and by the time you reach the last page, you will understand the world just that little bit better and feel a little more comfortable being in it." ―JOANNA CANNON About the Author Matt Haig is the author of the New York Times bestseller The Midnight Library and the internationally bestselling memoir Reasons to Stay Alive and the follow-up Notes on a Nervous Planet, along with six novels, including How to Stop Time, and several award-winning children's books. His work has been translated into more than forty languages.
The Girl You Left Behind (Reprint) (Paperback) by Jojo Moyes
Dimensions (Overall): 8.36 Inches (H) x 5.48 Inches (W) x 1 Inches (D)Weight: .82 PoundsNumber of Pages: 369Genre: Fiction + Literature GenresSub-Genre: WomenFormat: PaperbackPublisher: Penguin Group USAAuthor: Jojo MoyesAge Range: TeenLanguage: English About the Book France, 1916: Artist Edouard Lefevre leaves his young wife, Sophie, to fight at the front. When their small town falls to the Germans in the midst of World War II, Edouard's portrait of Sophie draws the eye of the new Kommandant. As the officer's dangerous obsession deepens, Sophie will risk everything--her family, her reputation, and her life--to see her husband again. Almost a century later, Sophie's portrait is given to Liv Halston by her young husband shortly before his sudden death. A chance encounter reveals the painting's true worth, and a battle begins for who its legitimate owner is--putting Liv's belief in what is right to the ultimate test. Book Synopsis From the New York Times bestselling author of The Giver of Stars, a sweeping bestseller of love and loss, deftly weaving two journeys from World War I France to present day London. Paris, World War I. Sophie Lefèvre must keep her family safe while her adored husband, Édouard, fights at the front. When their town falls to the Germans, Sophie is forced to serve them every evening at her hotel. From the moment the new Kommandant sets eyes on Sophie's portrait--painted by her artist husband--a dangerous obsession is born. Almost a century later in London, Sophie's portrait hangs in the home of Liv Halston, a wedding gift from her young husband before his sudden death. After a chance encounter reveals the portrait's true worth, a battle begins over its troubled history and Liv's world is turned upside all over again. Review Quotes Vibrant and gripping." --People Magazine (***) Jojo Moyes expertly weaves a bittersweet tale in this irresistible novel, taking careful interest in the dark corners that exist within great love stories, and the trickiness of simple happy endings. A- --Entertainment Weekly "Moyes writes delicious plots, with characters so clearly imagined they leap off the pages in high-definition prose. . . . Clever plot turns make for a satisfying ending . . . Moyes brings fresh strokes to this story about the power of art and love to transcend what imprisons us. Romantics looking for a story set amid the politics of plundered art couldn't do much better than The Girl You Left Behind." --USA Today (3 1/2 stars) Jojo Moyes builds on her strengths in this moving and accomplished new novel. As she did in the best-selling Me Before You, she asks readers to think in fresh ways about a morally complex issue. . . . The Girl You Left Behind is strong, provocative, satisfying fiction. --The Washington Post 'In this moving paean to daring, determination and perspicacity, Moyes keeps the reader guessing down to the last hankie. --Los Angeles Times Good storytelling. --New York Daily News In her latest heart tugger, Jojo Moyes deftly weaves the story of newlyweds in WWI France with that of a young widow in today's London. --Parade Lovely and wry, Moyes's newest is captivating and bittersweet. --Publishers Weekly (starred review) Moyes (Me Before You) has created a riveting depiction of a wartime occupation that has mostly faded from memory. Liv and Sophie are so real in their faults, passion, and bravery that the reader is swept along right to the end. This one is hard to put down! --Library Journal (starred review) Moyes (Me Before You, 2012) writes with such clarity that one can almost see the eponymous 100-year-old painting at the center of her wonderful new novel. . . . an uncommonly good love story. --Booklist About The Author Jojo Moyes is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Giver of Stars, Me Before You, After You, Still Me, Paris for One and Other Stories, One Plus One, The Girl You Left Behind, The Last Letter from Your Lover, Horse Dancer, Silver Bay, The Ship of Brides, and The Peacock Emporium. She lives with her husband and three children in Essex, England.
One Life: Young Readers Edition - by Megan Rapinoe (Hardcover)
Dimensions (Overall): 8.6 Inches (H) x .8 Inches (W) x 5.8 Inches (D)Weight: 1 PoundsNumber of Pages: 272Genre: Juvenile NonfictionSub-Genre: Biography & AutobiographyFormat: HardcoverPublisher: RazorbillAuthor: Megan RapinoeAge Range: 9-12 YearsBook theme: Sports & RecreationLanguage: English About the Book "Adapted for young readers! Join Olympic gold medalist, two-time Women's World Cup champion, and trailblazing activist Megan Rapinoe in the fight for equality and justice in this middle grade adaptation of her New York Times bestselling memoir, One Life"-- Book Synopsis Adapted for young readers! Join Olympic gold medalist, two-time Women's World Cup champion, and trailblazing activist Megan Rapinoe in the fight for equality and justice in this middle grade adaptation of her New York Times bestselling memoir, One Life. You know Megan Rapinoe as an international soccer superstar! She's also a fierce activist, boldly speaking out about issues of equality and justice--from LGBTQ rights to the equal pay movement to Black Lives Matter. In this adaptation for middle school readers of her memoir One Life, get to know Megan: from her childhood in a small California town where she learned to play soccer and how to fight for social justice; through high school, college and beyond; to 2016 when she became the first high-profile white athlete to take a knee in support of Colin Kaepernik, and also suing the United States Soccer Federation along with her teammates over gender discrimination. Using stories from her own life and career, Rapinoe discusses the responsibility we have to speak up. In this edition specifically for young readers, she reveals the impact everyone, even kids, can have on their communities and how kids can get involved in making the world a better place. About the Author Megan Rapinoe is an American professional soccer player. As a member of the US Women's national soccer team, she helped win the 2015 and 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup tournaments and a gold medal at the 2012 London Olympics. A cocaptain of the team since 2018, she was named the Best FIFA Women's Player in 2019, and was awarded the Golden Boot.Follow her on Instagram @mrapinoe and Twitter @mPinoe.
The Forgotten 500 - by Gregory A Freeman (Paperback)
Dimensions (Overall): 8.9 Inches (H) x 5.9 Inches (W) x .8 Inches (D)Weight: .75 PoundsNumber of Pages: 313Genre: HistorySub-Genre: MilitaryFormat: PaperbackPublisher: Dutton CaliberAuthor: Gregory A FreemanAge Range: AdultBook theme: World War IILanguage: English About the Book In 1944, the OSS set out to recover more than 500 airmen who had been trapped behind enemy lines in Yugoslavia. Classified for over half a century for political reasons, the full account of this unforgettable story of loyalty, self-sacrifice, and bravery is now being told for the first time. Book Synopsis The astonishing, never before told story of the greatest rescue mission of World War II--when the OSS set out to recover more than 500 airmen trapped behind enemy lines in Yugoslavia...During a bombing campaign over Romanian oil fields, hundreds of American airmen were shot down in Nazi-occupied Yugoslavia. Local Serbian farmers and peasants risked their own lives to give refuge to the soldiers while they waited for rescue, and in 1944, Operation Halyard was born. The risks were incredible. The starving Americans in Yugoslavia had to construct a landing strip large enough for C-47 cargo planes--without tools, without alerting the Germans, and without endangering the villagers. And the cargo planes had to make it through enemy airspace and back--without getting shot down themselves. Classified for over half a century for political reasons, the full account of this unforgettable story of loyalty, self-sacrifice, and bravery is now being told for the first time ever. The Forgotten 500 is the gripping, behind-the-scenes look at the greatest escape of World War II. "Amazing [and] riveting."--James Bradley, New York Times bestselling author of Flags of Our Fathers Review Quotes Praise for The Forgotten 500 "A literary and journalistic achievement of the highest order, a book that illuminates, thrills, and reminds us that heroes sometimes do live among us. It will take your breath away."--Gregg Olsen, New York Times bestselling author of The Deep Dark "The daring rescue effort to save hundreds of downed airmen in dangerous enemy territory is an amazing but unknown WWII adventure story. Told in riveting detail for the first time, The Forgotten 500 is a tale of unsung heroes who went above and beyond."--James Bradley, New York Times bestselling author of Flags of Our Fathers and Flyboys "The operation's story is an exciting tale...Evoking the rescuees' successive desperation, wild hope, and joy, and their gratitude to the Serbians who risked their lives to help, Freeman produces a breathtaking popular account."--Booklist "[F]ascinating...full of romance, action, and adventure...This untold story of World War II has finally been told with skill and grace."--America in WWII magazine "Greg Freeman has written a riveting account of the greatest escape during World War II. It is a remarkable adventure story of courage and daring that is superbly told."--Anthony C. Zinni, General USMC (Retired)"This is an exciting, powerful story of escape and rescue. It has been buried for too long."--Tony Koltz, New York Times bestselling author of The Battle for Peace "[A] gripping, true-life narrative of one of the most heroic and inspiring--but virtually unknown--military operations of World War II....Freeman chronicles it with a master's touch for detail. Although this book reads like a fast-paced novel, it is based on scores of probing interviews and meticulous archival research. The Forgotten 500 is destined to become required reading for serious students of the Second World War."--Malcolm McConnell, #1 New York Times bestselling coauthor of American Soldier About The Author Gregory A. Freeman is an award-winning writer and a leader in the field of narrative nonfiction. Known for books that make a true story read like a gripping, fast-paced novel, his works include The Forgotten 500, The Gathering Wind, Sailors to the End, Troubled Water, and The Last Mission of the Wham Bam Boys. He lives in the Atlanta area.
The Sixth Man - by Andre Iguodala (Paperback)
Dimensions (Overall): 8.1 Inches (H) x 5.4 Inch (W) x .7 Inch (D)Weight: .5 PoundsNumber of Pages: 256Genre: Biography + AutobiographySub-Genre: SportsFormat: PaperbackPublisher: Blue Rider PressAuthor: Andre IguodalaAge Range: AdultLanguage: English Book Synopsis **The Instant National Bestseller** The standout memoir from NBA powerhouse Andre Iguodala, the indomitable sixth man of the Golden State Warriors. Andre Iguodala is one of the most admired players in the NBA. And fresh off the Warriors' fifth Finals appearance in five years, his game has never been stronger. Off the court, Iguodala has earned respect, too--for his successful tech investments, his philanthropy, and increasingly for his contributions to the conversation about race in America. It is no surprise, then, that in his first book, Andre, with his cowriter Carvell Wallace, has pushed himself to go further than he ever has before about his life, not only as an athlete but about what makes him who he is at his core. The Sixth Man traces Andre's journey from childhood in his Illinois hometown to his Bay Area home court today. Basketball has always been there. But this is the story, too, of his experience of the conflict and racial tension always at hand in a professional league made up largely of African American men; of whether and why the athlete owes the total sacrifice of his body; of the relationship between competition and brotherhood among the players of one of history's most glorious championship teams. And of what motivates an athlete to keep striving for more once they've already achieved the highest level of play they could have dreamed. On drive, on leadership, on pain, on accomplishment, on the shame of being given a role, and the glory of taking a role on: This is a powerful memoir of life and basketball that reveals new depths to the superstar athlete, and offers tremendous insight into most urgent stories being told in American society today. Review Quotes Praise for The Sixth Man "The best basketball memoir since Bill Russell's Go Up for Glory...a sports memoir for the ages." --Booklist (starred review) "Iguodala's story is a compelling and important one that provides a glimpse into what people of color face, from little boys to the height of stardom, in a country 'designed to wreak absolute havoc on the confidence of black people.'"--Shelf Awareness "A true insider's perspective of the Warriors' championship teams." --Library Journal "A fascinating look at the intersection of class, race and basketball." --Axios "A riveting read by one of the NBA's sharpest minds." --Forbes "A deeply personal look at Iguodala's life growing up in Springfield, Ill., with his single mother and brother, who he says taught him how to be a defender early on. In reflective, conversational prose, Iguodala recounts his early awareness of segregation and racism, the strength and influence of the strong women in his life (and later, coaches), and his gradual realization of how to best harness his intelligence, ambition and drive." --Datebook About The Author Andre Iguodala is an American professional basketball player who has played for teams including the Philadelphia 76ers and the champion Golden State Warriors. The swingman was an NBA All-Star in 2012 and has been named to the NBA All-Defensive Team twice. Carvell Wallace is an author and podcaster based in Oakland, California. He has covered sports, culture, music, race, and the arts for ESPN, MTV, The New Yorker, GQ, and others. He is a regular columnist on Slate and a contributing writer to the New York Times Magazine.
The Midnight Library - by Matt Haig (Hardcover)
Dimensions (Overall): 9 Inches (H) x 1 Inches (W) x 6 Inches (D)Weight: 1 PoundsNumber of Pages: 304Genre: Fiction + Literature GenresSub-Genre: WomenFormat: HardcoverPublisher: VikingAuthor: Matt HaigAge Range: AdultLanguage: English About the Book "Good morning America book club"--Jacket. Book Synopsis A feel-good book guaranteed to lift your spirits.--The Washington Post A New York Times bestseller Winner of the Goodreads Choice Award for Fiction A Good Morning America Book Club Pick!Between life and death there is a library, and within that library, the shelves go on forever. Every book provides a chance to try another life you could have lived. To see how things would be if you had made other choices . . . Would you have done anything different, if you had the chance to undo your regrets? A dazzling novel about all the choices that go into a life well lived, from the internationally bestselling author of Reasons to Stay Alive and How To Stop Time. Somewhere out beyond the edge of the universe there is a library that contains an infinite number of books, each one the story of another reality. One tells the story of your life as it is, along with another book for the other life you could have lived if you had made a different choice at any point in your life. While we all wonder how our lives might have been, what if you had the chance to go to the library and see for yourself? Would any of these other lives truly be better? In The Midnight Library, Matt Haig's enchanting new novel, Nora Seed finds herself faced with this decision. Faced with the possibility of changing her life for a new one, following a different career, undoing old breakups, realizing her dreams of becoming a glaciologist; she must search within herself as she travels through the Midnight Library to decide what is truly fulfilling in life, and what makes it worth living in the first place. Review Quotes An instant New York Times bestsellerWinner of the Goodreads Choice Award for FictionA GOOD MORNING AMERICA Book Club Pick!One of the LibraryReads 2020 Voter FavoritesIncluded in best-of-year and year-end roundups by The Washington Post, Christian Science Monitor, New York Public Library, Amazon, Boston Globe, PureWow, St. Louis Public Radio, She Reads, Lit Hub, The Mary Sue, and more "Whimsical." --Washington Post, named one of the 15 Feel-Good Books Guaranteed to Lift Your Spirits An absorbing but comfortable read...a vision of limitless possibility, of new roads taken, of new lives lived, of a whole different world available to us somehow, somewhere, might be exactly what's wanted in these troubled and troubling times." --The New York Times "Charming...a celebration of the ordinary: ordinary revelations, ordinary people, and the infinity of worlds seeded in ordinary choices." --The Guardian "A brilliant premise and great fun." --Daily Mail I can't describe how much his work means to me. So necessary...[Matt Haig is] the king of empathy. --Jameela Jamil, actor and host of I Weigh with Jameela Jamil "A beautiful fable, an It's a Wonderful Life for the modern age - impossibly timely when we are all stuck in a world we wish could be different." --Jodi Picoult, author of My Sister's Keeper "This brainy, captivating pleasure read feels like what you might get if TV's The Good Place collided with Where'd You Go, Bernadette." --People "Thanks to the storytelling chops of writer Matt Haig, The Midnight Library is an engaging read, full of gentle insights and soothing wisdom... This is a book about shedding regret by gaining perspective. It's full of quirky plot lines, with glimpses of opportunities and potential in unexpected places and people." --Psychology Today "A charming book." --Dolly Parton, award-winning singer-songwriter "Although I don't read fiction as much as I used to--because I'm always writing fiction--during these sad and difficult days in 2020 I broke that rule because I needed to escape into other people's fictional worlds. One of my favorite books of the year was The Midnight Library by Matt Haig, a powerful and uplifting story about regrets and the choices we make."--Alice Hoffman, author of Magic Lessons and Practical Magic "Clever, emotional and thought-inspiring." --Jenny Colgan, author of The Bookshop on the Corner "Amazing and utterly beautiful, The Midnight Library is everything you'd expect from the genius storyteller who is Matt Haig." --Joanna Cannon, author of The Trouble with Goats and Sheep "Nora's life is burdened by regrets. Then she stumbles on a library with books that enable her to test out the lives she could have led, including as a glaciologist, Olympic swimmer, rock star, and more. Her discoveries ultimately prove life-affirming in Matt Haig's dazzling fantasy." --Christian Science Monitor"Would we really make better choices if we could step back in time? Matt Haig's thought-provoking, uplifting new book, The Midnight Library discusses just that, exploring our relationship with regret and what really makes a perfect life." --Harper's Bazaar (UK) "British author Matt Haig is beloved in his home country, and he's a champion of mental health, which makes him a great person to follow on Twitter. He's best known for the novel How to Stop Time, but he has a new novel just out on September 29 called The Midnight Library, which sounds equally intriguing. In this library, Nora Seed finds endless books which contain different versions of the life she could have lived. This is a must-read for those of us given to endless what ifs." --BookRiot "Haig is one of the most inspirational popular writers on mental health of our age and, in his latest novel, he has taken a clever, engaging concept and created a heart-warming story that offers wisdom in the same deceptively simple way as Mitch Albom's best tales." --Independent (UK) Just beautiful . . . Such a gorgeous, gorgeous book." --Fearne Cotton, host of the BBC Radio 1 Chart Show [The Midnight Library] will follow in the bestselling footsteps of Haig's earlier books . . . Part Sliding Doors, part-philosophical quest, this is a moving novel with a powerful mental health message at its heart." --Alice O'Keeffe, The Bookseller "Haig's latest (after the nonfiction collection Notes on a Nervous Planet, 2019) is a stunning contemporary story that explores the choices that make up a life, and the regrets that can stifle it. A compelling novel that will resonate with readers." --Booklist (starred review) "Charming...[Matt Haig] will reward readers who take this book off the shelf." --Publisher's Weekly About The Author Matt Haig is the author of the internationally bestselling memoir Reasons to Stay Alive, along with five novels, including How to Stop Time, and several award-winning children's books. His work has been translated into more than thirty languages.
No One Is Too Small to Make a Difference - by Greta Thunberg (Paperback)
Dimensions (Overall): 7 Inches (H) x 4.3 Inch (W) x .4 Inch (D)Weight: .15 PoundsNumber of Pages: 112Genre: NatureSub-Genre: Environmental Conservation & ProtectionFormat: PaperbackPublisher: Penguin BooksAuthor: Greta ThunbergAge Range: AdultFeatured book lists: New York Times BestsellersLanguage: English About the Book "The groundbreaking speeches of Greta Thunberg, the young climate activist who has become the voice of a generation, including her historic address to the United Nations"-- Book Synopsis The #1 New York Times bestseller by Time's 2019 Person of the Year Greta Thunberg is already one of our planet's greatest advocates. --Barack Obama The groundbreaking speeches of Greta Thunberg, the young climate activist who has become the voice of a generation, including her historic address to the United Nations In August 2018 a fifteen-year-old Swedish girl, Greta Thunberg, decided not to go to school one day in order to protest the climate crisis. Her actions sparked a global movement, inspiring millions of students to go on strike for our planet, forcing governments to listen, and earning her a Nobel Peace Prize nomination. No One Is Too Small to Make A Difference brings you Greta in her own words, for the first time. Collecting her speeches that have made history across the globe, from the United Nations to Capitol Hill and mass street protests, her book is a rallying cry for why we must all wake up and fight to protect the living planet, no matter how powerless we feel. Our future depends upon it. Review Quotes Greta Thunberg is already one of our planet's greatest advocates. --Barack Obama "[Greta Thunberg's] just 16, but her voice has woken up the world. . . . An inspiring call to action." --People "A powerhouse compendium of [Greta's] greatest hits." --Teen Vogue "When I turned in my book last September, I was skeptical that dramatic political progress on climate change was even possible, since so little had been accomplished over the past few decades. We're still moving far, far too slowly to avoid climate catastrophe, but Greta Thunberg's book of speeches--and even more so, her incredibly inspiring turn as global warming's Joan of Arc, leading millions of protestors into the streets all across the world--made me realize that my own political cynicism is just another form of naivete. And that climate change is much too important to ever give up on." --David Wallace-Wells, author of The Uninhabitable Earth "Thunberg has always been refreshingly--and necessarily--blunt in her demands for action from world leaders who refuse to address climate change. With clarity and unbridled passion, she presents her message that climate change is an emergency that must be addressed immediately, and she fills her speeches with punchy sound bites delivered in her characteristic pull-no-punches style . . . . A tiny book . . . with huge potential impact." --Kirkus, starred review About The Author Greta Thunberg was born in 2003. In August 2018 she started a school strike that became a movement called Fridays For Future, which has inspired school strikes for climate action in more than 150 countries involving millions of students. Thunberg has spoken at climate rallies across Europe, and at the United Nations COP24 in Poland and the World Economic Forum in Davos. In September 2019 she spoke in New York City at the UN Climate Action Summit. She has won the prestigious Prix Liberté and been nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize. Thunberg is vegan, and doesn't fly, in order to live a low-carbon life.
Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine - by Gail Honeyman (Paperback)
Number of Pages: 352Genre: Fiction + Literature GenresSub-Genre: WomenFormat: PaperbackPublisher: PENGUIN GROUPAuthor: Gail HoneymanAge Range: AdultFeatured book lists: Target Club Picks, New York Times BestsellersBook theme: GeneralLanguage: English About the Book "Smart, warm, uplifting, the story of an out-of-the-ordinary heroine whose deadpan weirdness and unconscious wit make for an irresistible journey as she realizes the only way to survive is to open her heart. Meet Eleanor Oliphant: she struggles with appropriate social skills and tends to say exactly what she's thinking. That, combined with her unusual appearance (scarred cheek, tendency to wear the same clothes year in, year out), means that Eleanor has become a creature of habit (to say the least) and a bit of a loner. Nothing is missing in her carefully timetabled life of avoiding social interactions, where weekends are punctuated by frozen pizza, vodka, and phone chats with Mummy. But everything changes when Eleanor meets Raymond, the bumbling and deeply unhygienic IT guy from her office. When she and Raymond together save Sammy, an elderly gentleman who has fallen on the sidewalk, the three become the kind of friends who rescue each other from the lives of isolation they have each been living. And it is Raymond's big heart that will ultimately help Eleanor find the way to repair her own profoundly damaged one"-- Book Synopsis #1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER A Reese Witherspoon Book Club Pick "Beautifully written and incredibly funny, Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine is about the importance of friendship and human connection. I fell in love with Eleanor, an eccentric and regimented loner whose life beautifully unfolds after a chance encounter with a stranger; I think you will fall in love, too!" --Reese WitherspoonNo one's ever told Eleanor that life should be better than fine. Meet Eleanor Oliphant: She struggles with appropriate social skills and tends to say exactly what she's thinking. Nothing is missing in her carefully timetabled life of avoiding social interactions, where weekends are punctuated by frozen pizza, vodka, and phone chats with Mummy. But everything changes when Eleanor meets Raymond, the bumbling and deeply unhygienic IT guy from her office. When she and Raymond together save Sammy, an elderly gentleman who has fallen on the sidewalk, the three become the kinds of friends who rescue one another from the lives of isolation they have each been living. And it is Raymond's big heart that will ultimately help Eleanor find the way to repair her own profoundly damaged one. Soon to be a major motion picture produced by Reese Witherspoon, Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine is the smart, warm, and uplifting story of an out-of-the-ordinary heroine whose deadpan weirdness and unconscious wit make for an irresistible journey as she realizes. . . The only way to survive is to open your heart. Review Quotes "A charmer. . . satisfyingly quirky."--Janet Maslin, The New York Times This wacky, charming novel. . . draws you in with humor, then turns out to contain both a suspenseful subplot and a sweet romance. . . Hilarious and moving. --People "Eleanor Oliphant is a quirky loner and a model of efficiency with her routine of frozen pizza, vodka and weekly phone calls with Mummy. [She's] a woman beginning to heal from unimaginable tragedy, with a voice that is deadpan, heartbreaking and humorous all at once." -NPR.org Simultaneously hilarious and heartbreaking. . . Eleanor Oliphant may be completely fine, but this book is completely wonderful. --PureWow Warm and funny. . . You'll want to read it.--TheSkimm "Eleanor Oliphant [is] the kind of book you'll want to devour in a single sitting." --Vox "Warm and uplifting. --POPSUGAR "Sweet and satisfying, Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine will speak to introverts who have ever felt a little weird about their place in the world." --Bustle Eleanor Oliphant is a truly original literary creation: funny, touching, and unpredictable. Her journey out of dark shadows is expertly woven and absolutely gripping. --Jojo Moyes, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Me Before You "[Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine] made me laugh, it made me cry, and the entire time I beamed with joy at the beauty of this story." -Krysten Ritter, actress, producer, and author of Bonfire "Move over, Ove (in Fredrik Backman's A Man Called Ove)--there's a new curmudgeon to love. . . Walking in Eleanor's practical black Velcro shoes is delightfully amusing. But readers will also be drawn in by her tragic backstory, which slowly reveals how she came to be so entirely Eleanor. Witty, charming, and heartwarming, Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine is a remarkable debut about a singular woman. Readers will cheer." --Booklist (starred review) Astounding. --PopMatters "Eleanor Oliphant is endearing, [a] whip-smart read. . . a fascinating story about loneliness, hope, tragedy and humanity. Honeyman's delivery is wickedly good, and Eleanor won't leave you anytime soon. --Associated Press Honeyman's endearing debut is part comic novel, part emotional thriller, and part love story. . . hilarious, deadpan, and irresistible. --Kirkus Reviews "[A] captivating debut. . . This is a must-read for those who love characters with quirks." --BookPage "If you thought Fredrik Backman's Ove was a charming curmudgeon, you'll instantly fall for Eleanor." --Hello Giggles The book is wonderfully, quirkily funny. You both ache for Eleanor. . . and laugh with her. --Seattle Times "A touching, funny novel. --Minneapolis Star TribuneDebut author Honeyman expertly captures a woman whose inner pain is excruciating and whose face and heart are scarred, but who still holds the capacity to love and be loved. Eleanor's story will move readers. --Publishers WeeklyDeft, compassionate and deeply moving--Honeyman's debut will have you rooting for Eleanor with every turning page. I loved this story. --Paula McLain, New York Times bestselling author of Love and Ruin About The Author Gail Honeyman is a graduate of the universities of Glasgow and Oxford. Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine is a #1 New York Times bestseller, and has won awards around the globe, including the Costa First Novel Award, the British Book Awards Book of the Year, and the BAMB Reader's Choice Award. This is Honeyman's debut novel and she lives in Glasgow, Scotland.
Wintering - by Katherine May (Hardcover)
Dimensions (Overall): 9 Inches (H) x 1 Inches (W) x 6 Inches (D)Weight: 1 PoundsNumber of Pages: 256Genre: Body + Mind + SpiritSub-Genre: Inspiration & Personal GrowthFormat: HardcoverPublisher: Riverhead BooksAuthor: Katherine MayAge Range: AdultLanguage: English About the Book "First published in Great Britain by Rider Books, an imprint of Ebury, a division of Penguin Random House Limited, London, 2020"--Copyright page. Book Synopsis A NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER! AS HEARD ON NPR MORNING EDITION AND ON BEING WITH KRISTA TIPPETT"Katherine May opens up exactly what I and so many need to hear but haven't known how to name." --Krista Tippett, On Being "Every bit as beautiful and healing as the season itself. . . . This is truly a beautiful book." --Elizabeth Gilbert Proves that there is grace in letting go, stepping back and giving yourself time to repair in the dark...May is a clear-eyed observer and her language is steady, honest and accurate--capturing the sense, the beauty and the latent power of our resting landscapes. --Wall Street Journal An intimate, revelatory book exploring the ways we can care for and repair ourselves when life knocks us down. Sometimes you slip through the cracks: unforeseen circumstances like an abrupt illness, the death of a loved one, a break up, or a job loss can derail a life. These periods of dislocation can be lonely and unexpected. For May, her husband fell ill, her son stopped attending school, and her own medical issues led her to leave a demanding job. Wintering explores how she not only endured this painful time, but embraced the singular opportunities it offered. A moving personal narrative shot through with lessons from literature, mythology, and the natural world, May's story offers instruction on the transformative power of rest and retreat. Illumination emerges from many sources: solstice celebrations and dormice hibernation, C.S. Lewis and Sylvia Plath, swimming in icy waters and sailing arctic seas. Ultimately Wintering invites us to change how we relate to our own fallow times. May models an active acceptance of sadness and finds nourishment in deep retreat, joy in the hushed beauty of winter, and encouragement in understanding life as cyclical, not linear. A secular mystic, May forms a guiding philosophy for transforming the hardships that arise before the ushering in of a new season. Review Quotes PRAISE FOR WINTERING "A beautiful, meditative book...It feels like Katherine May opens up exactly what I and so many need to hear but haven't known how to name." - Krista Tippett, On Being "There is power and clarity and wisdom to be gained from accepting these difficult times. Wintering offered me empathy, acceptance and perspective that will stay with me long after the pandemic." - New York Times "Honest and deeply sympathetic...proves that there is grace in letting go, stepping back and giving yourself time to repair in the dark...May is a clear-eyed observer and her language is steady, honest and accurate--capturing the sense, the beauty and the latent power of our resting landscapes." - Wall Street Journal "Wintering succeeds in delivering a powerful, realtime account of what it is to experience life's inevitable winters -- both literal and metaphorical -- and come out on the other side. I can think of no more valuable voice to have in your ear as we stumble our way out of a pandemic and emerge from a collective wintering." - Popsugar "May writes beautifully....A contemplative, hopeful, consoling book." - NPR "Lovely...May is an astute observer of life's emotional discouragements." - New York Times"A gorgeous book, a generous book, a layered book of uncommon sensitivity and substance...A splendid and soul-salving read." - Maria Popova, Brain Pickings "Drawing on her own life's difficult periods, May offers a guide to leaning into fallow times and savoring the lessons of hardship." - People Magazine "Wintering is every bit as beautiful and healing as the season itself. Katherine May thoughtfully examines the emotional, spiritual, and geographical reality of the cold times, the dark days, and those periods of our lives when things are neither soft nor easy. In so doing, she offers a great and humane service to her readers: she shows us that wintering cannot be avoided, but need not be feared. This is truly a beautiful book." - #1 New York Times bestselling author Elizabeth Gilbert "Wintering is the book equivalent of a perfectly timed hug you didn't know you needed, a warm blanket on a cold day. So many books about adversity focus on ways to get away from the discomfort, and this book so wonderfully and sincerely says it's okay to be here, even when it hurts. It's exactly what the world needs right now." - Nora McInerny, host of Terrible, Thanks for Asking "Enthralling...[May] has a gift for unleashing unexpected comedy...There is so much to treasure here...Her sensual connoisseurship a joy." - The Guardian "May brings a poet's eye and unexpected comedy to this enthralling celebration of our fallow season." - London Observer "An empowering and touching read that will inspire a survivalist spirit on even the darkest days of winter." - Town & Country UK "A beautifully written mix of memoir and philosophy...With a pandemic keeping us isolated in so many ways, May offers much-needed solace and comfort and a reminder that seasons eventually turn." " - starred Booklist ★ "Beautiful...She is a poetic observer of the natural world, and quotable lines abound...I want to share Wintering with all my friends who experience winter blues, and keep a copy close at hand for the inevitable winterings of my own life." - BookPage About the Author Katherine May is the New York Times bestselling author of Wintering: The Power of Rest and Retreat in Difficult Times. A writer of both fiction and nonfiction, May has had journalism and essays appear in a range of publications including The New York Times, The Times (London), Good Housekeeping, and Cosmopolitan. She lives by the sea in Whitstable, England and is an avid lover of the outdoors.
The Companion - by Katie Alender (Paperback)
Dimensions (Overall): 8.3 Inches (H) x 1 Inches (W) x 5.5 Inches (D)Weight: 1 PoundsNumber of Pages: 448Genre: Juvenile FictionSub-Genre: Thrillers & SuspenseFormat: PaperbackPublisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young ReadersAuthor: Katie AlenderAge Range: 9-12 YearsLanguage: English Book Synopsis Winner of the Edgar Award for Young Adult Fiction!The other orphans say Margot is lucky. Lucky to survive the horrible accident that killed her family. Lucky to have her own room because she wakes up screaming every night. And finally, lucky to be chosen by a prestigious family to live at their remote country estate. But it wasn't luck that made the Suttons rescue Margot from her bleak existence at the group home. Margot was handpicked to be a companion to their silent, mysterious daughter, Agatha. At first, helping with Agatha--and getting to know her handsome younger brother--seems much better than the group home. But soon, the isolated house begins playing tricks on Margot's mind, making her question everything she believes about the Suttons . . . and herself. Margot's bad dreams may have stopped when she came to live with Agatha - but the real nightmare has just begun. Review Quotes Winner of the Edgar Award for Young Adult FictionGoodReads Top Horror Novels of 2020 "[A] new life comes with a new home, where there are many things that go bump in the night." --Bustle "The best part about The Companion is the story's ability to surprise you. Most Gothic horror tales, generally, tend to follow certain formats and include certain tropes. This novel definitely features all those elements but deploys them in such a way that you're never quite sure what you're looking at. It constantly shifting plot makes The Companion difficult to put down, and will likely leave you reading long into the night." --Culturess "Katie Alender delivers a suspenseful story in her latest novel that will make you never want to trust a stranger ever again... Katie Alender knows how to write and she knows how to give you suspense. I would read this in the dead of night and would find my heart pounding." --The Fandom "Margot's narration feels intimate, especially when she reflects on her potent grief, and Agatha is never used as a prop: She and Margot develop a silent communication that transcends speech. The palpable and steadily building sense of dread throughout is enhanced by a whisper of the supernatural. A pitch-perfect contemporary gothic." --Kirkus Reviews "The suspense and chills are there, and the plot advances the story to a dramatic conclusion that, even if readers can see it coming, is still startling. This book hits all the notes of a solid thriller--creepy mansion, dark family secrets, a little romance, and a plucky heroine. Fans of suspense will enjoy this outing. Alender creates another tingly tale just right for escaping into this summer." --School Library Journal About the Author Katie Alender (rhymes with calendar!) grew up in South Florida, and studied film at the Florida State University Film School. She then moved to Los Angeles, where she worked in TV development and production for several years, including a long stint producing dog shows for Animal Planet. She penned Bad Girls Don't Die and two sequels, as well as Marie Antoinette, Serial Killer, Famous Last Words, and The Dead Girls of Hysteria Hall. In her spare time, she enjoys writing, reading, sewing (especially quilts), practicing yoga, photography, visiting friends' blogs, and hanging out with her family.
Beasts of Prey - by Ayana Gray (Hardcover)
Dimensions (Overall): 8.6 Inches (H) x 1 Inches (W) x 5.8 Inches (D)Weight: 1 PoundsNumber of Pages: 496Genre: Juvenile FictionSub-Genre: FantasyFormat: HardcoverPublisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young ReadersAuthor: Ayana GrayAge Range: TeenBook theme: GeneralLanguage: English Book Synopsis In this much-anticipated series opener, fate binds two Black teenagers together as they strike a dangerous alliance to hunt down the creature menacing their home--and uncover ancient deadly secrets. There's no such thing as magic in the broken city of Lkossa, especially for sixteen-year-old Koffi, who holds a power within her that could only be described as magic--a power that if discovered could cost her life. Indentured to the notorious Night Zoo, Koffi knows the fearsome creatures in her care and paying off her family's debts to secure their eventual freedom can be her only focus. But the night those she loves are gravely threatened by the Zoo's cruel master, Koffi finally unleashes the power she doesn't fully understand, upending her life completely. As the second son of a decorated hero, Ekon is all but destined to become a Son of the Six--an elite warrior--and uphold a family legacy. But on the night of his final rite of passage, Ekon encounters not only the Shetani--a vicious monster that has plagued the city for nearly a century and stalks his nightmares, but Koffi who seems to have the power to ward off the beast. Koffi's power ultimately saves Ekon's life, but his choice to let her flee dooms his hopes of becoming a warrior. Desperate to redeem himself, Ekon vows to hunt the Shetani and end its reign of terror, but he can't do it alone. Meanwhile, Koffi believes finding the Shetani could also be the key to solving her own problems. Koffi and Ekon form a tentative alliance and together enter the Greater Jungle, a world steeped in wild, frightening magic and untold dangers. The hunt begins. But it quickly becomes unclear whether they are the hunters or the hunted. Review Quotes Praise for Beasts of Prey "Epic doesn't begin to encompass the jolting twists, sparkling mythos, and magical quests that fill the pages of Beasts of Prey. This is the sort of read that's beyond transportive, it's downright transcending--a tale full of heart and magic, and sure to ensorcell readers body, bone and soul." --Roshani Chokshi, New York Times bestselling author of The Gilded Wolves "In this wildly original debut, Gray marries the lush imaginative wonder of African mythology with an action-packed tale of two teens on the opposite ends of fate, figuring out what's truly worth fighting for. Swoony, twisty, action-packed, Beasts of Prey is as epic as it is unforgettable." --J. Elle, New York Times bestselling author of Wings of Ebony A delight. I rarely fall in love with characters as quickly as I did with Koffi and Ekon. Gray masterfully balances the wonder and uncertainty of youth with a deftly, fully imagined world that I was dying to learn more about. --S. A. Chakraborty, author of the critically acclaimed and internationally bestselling The Daevabad Trilogy Ayana Gray's wonder-filled world of mythos and monsters and magic comes to life in the ensnaring, enchanting Greater Jungle. An unputdownable tale that unfolds in a maze of twists and turns, driven by the crackling wit of two protagonists on a quest to vanquish the beasts of their present and past." --Amélie Wen Zhao, author of the Blood Heir trilogy "A magical, bingeable debut by a phenomenal new voice in YA. Beasts of Prey is an immersive and heartfelt book with characters whose personalities seep from the pages. From its beautiful prose to its rich and vibrant world, this book is your next favorite read." --Adalyn Grace, New York Times bestselling author of All the Stars and Teeth About the Author Ayana Gray is an author of speculative works and lover of all things monsters, mythos, and #MelaninMagic. Originally from Atlanta, she now lives in sunny Florida, where she reads avidly, follows Formula One racing, and worries over her adopted baby black rhino, Apollo. Beasts of Prey is her debut novel.
Into the Water by Paula Hawkins (Paperback)
Number of Pages: 400Genre: RomanceSub-Genre: LiteraryFormat: PaperbackPublisher: PUTNAM PAPERBACKAuthor: Paula HawkinsAge Range: AdultLanguage: English Book Synopsis #1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER GOODREADS CHOICE AWARD WINNER FOR MYSTERY/THRILLER An addictive new novel of psychological suspense from the author of #1 New York Times bestseller and global phenomenon The Girl on the Train and A Slow Fire Burning. "Hawkins is at the forefront of a group of female authors--think Gillian Flynn and Megan Abbott--who have reinvigorated the literary suspense novel by tapping a rich vein of psychological menace and social unease... there's a certain solace to a dark escape, in the promise of submerged truths coming to light." --Vogue A single mother turns up dead at the bottom of the river that runs through town. Earlier in the summer, a vulnerable teenage girl met the same fate. They are not the first women lost to these dark waters, but their deaths disturb the river and its history, dredging up secrets long submerged. Left behind is a lonely fifteen-year-old girl. Parentless and friendless, she now finds herself in the care of her mother's sister, a fearful stranger who has been dragged back to the place she deliberately ran from--a place to which she vowed she'd never return. With the same propulsive writing and acute understanding of human instincts that captivated millions of readers around the world in her explosive debut thriller, The Girl on the Train, Paula Hawkins delivers an urgent, twisting, deeply satisfying read that hinges on the deceptiveness of emotion and memory, as well as the devastating ways that the past can reach a long arm into the present. Beware a calm surface--you never know what lies beneath. Review Quotes "A captivating contemporary whodunit... suspense churns and the plot keeps you guessing."--People Magazine "Highly suspenseful... all these intrigues are teased out with impressive skill by Ms. Hawkins, who tells a complex narrative... in a chronicle whose final pages yield startling revelations. --The Wall Street Journal [A] succulent new mystery... Hawkins, influenced by Hitchcock, has a cinematic eye and an ear for eerie, evocative language... So do dive in. The payoff is a socko ending. And a noirish beach read that might make you think twice about dipping a toe in those dark, chilly waters."--USA Today "Addicting... this novel has a little something for anyone looking for their next binge-read." --Marie Claire Thrilling... we [are] kept guessing until the sobering conclusion. --O Magazine Mother's Day is coming up. This one's perfect for the mom who always has shelf space for thrillers. --theSkimm"Hawkins is at the forefront of a group of female authors - think Gillian Flynn and Megan Abbott - who have reinvigorated the literary suspense novel by tapping a rich vein of psychological menace and social unease... there's a certain solace to a dark escape, in the promise of submerged truths coming to light." --Vogue "A unputdownable, smart, thoughtful thriller."--PopSugar"An intriguing pop-feminist tale of small-town hypocrisy, sexual politics, and wrongs that won't rinse clean."--Entertainment Weekly Contains just as many hair-raising plot twists as [The Girl on the Train]. This time, Hawkins's absorbing and chilling cast of mothers, daughters, and sisters grapples with the implications of memory, exploring what happens when our conflicting recollections of personal histories collide to destroy the present." --Harper's Bazaar "Hawkins weaves another wonderfully twisted mystery."--Coastal Living "Readers will be locked in a guessing game until the unnerving conclusion... It'll give you the most thrills and chills." --Redbook "Page-turner... a thriller that intersects complicated cultural narratives of adolescent sexuality, the often fraught relationships between daughters, mothers and sisters, and the relationship between 'good men' and 'troublesome women.'"--Jezebel "Hawkins has a real gift for exploring the manner in which we constantly turn things over in our minds, crafting inner monologues both rich and relatable... a lively, compelling, and surprisingly empathetic and humane page-turner." --The A.V. Club "Sometimes what we really need is a good thriller. And Paula Hawkins knows how to captivate readers with an enthralling and suspenseful mystery. Following her psychological thriller, The Girl on the Train, Paula Hawkins is at it again with Into the Water." -Mic A page-turning thriller... Will haunt you long after this book is over." --Bustle I couldn't resist Hawkins' anxiously awaited second novel ... scary and addictive. --Cup of Jo "Hawkins constructs a bracing, knotty ride in which the ghosts of the past come back to haunt those living in the present." -W Magazine "Hawkins keeps you guessing until the final page." --Real Simple "Arresting... Hawkins is an ambitious writer, inclining to the literary end of the spectrum."--Financial Times "Into the Water captures all the suspense and terrifying emotions of [The Girl on the Train], but it beams with a maturity in writing and in storytelling that will draw her fans right back over the edge... the novel also flows with an instinctual understanding of relationships, young love, devoted friendships and dedication to duty, familial faults and small-town paranoia. --Minneapolis Star-Tribune "When it comes to tension you could cut with a knife, no one does it better than Hawkins."--New York Post "An elegantly written tale that grips readers like a mighty current, guiding and taking them downriver toward the inevitable rocky ending and breathtaking plot twist in the novel's final pages." --Deseret News "Hawkins is a master of waging emotional warfare among her characters against a backdrop of murder. Into the Water is one to read with the lights on."--SF Weekly "Hawkins returns to the rotating-narration style of her breakout debut, giving voice to an even broader cast this time... Order by the ton." --Booklist (starred review) "Twisty and compulsive... Hawkins skillfully delves into the psyche of each character, extracting their feelings, fears and fallacies, slowly ramping up the psychological suspense as she goes." --BookPage "The payoff packs a satisfying punch." --Publishers Weekly About The Author Paula Hawkins is the author of the #1 New York Times bestseller The Girl on the Train, which was made into a major motion picture.
I Am Every Good Thing - by Derrick Barnes (Hardcover)
Dimensions (Overall): 11 Inches (H) x 8.6 Inch (W) x .5 Inch (D)Weight: .9 PoundsNumber of Pages: 32Genre: Juvenile FictionSub-Genre: People & PlacesFormat: HardcoverPublisher: Nancy Paulsen BooksAuthor: Derrick BarnesAge Range: 4-8 YearsBook theme: African American, United StatesLanguage: English About the Book Illustrations and easy-to-read text pay homage to the strength, character, and worth of a child. Book Synopsis Winner of the NCTE Charlotte Huck Award! An upbeat, empowering, important picture book from the team that created the award-winning Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut I ama nonstop ball of energy.Powerful and full of light.I am a go-getter. A difference maker. A leader. The confident Black narrator of this book is proud of everything that makes him who he is. He's got big plans, and no doubt he'll see them through--as he's creative, adventurous, smart, funny, and a good friend. Sometimes he falls, but he always gets back up. And other times he's afraid, because he's so often misunderstood and called what he is not. So slow down and really look and listen, when somebody tells you--and shows you--who they are. There are superheroes in our midst! Review Quotes * "A much-needed book for Black children when society demonstrates otherwise. The Kirkus Prize-, Coretta Scott King Honor-, Newbery Honor-, and Caldecott Honor-winning team behind Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut return for another celebration of Black excellence. In a text brimming with imagination and Black-boy joy, Barnes lays the foundation for young Black readers to go forth into the world filled with confidence and self-assurance. . . . Simultaneously, he opens a window for non-Black readers to see Black boys' humanity. They have dreams, feel pain, are polite and respectful--the list of qualities goes on. Barnes also decides to address what is waiting for them as they experience the world. 'I am not what they might call me.' With this forceful statement, he provides a tool for building Black resilience, reassuring young Black readers that they are not those names. James supplies his customarily painterly art, his brushy oils painting Black boys of every shade of brown playing, celebrating, achieving, aspiring, and loving. Through every stroke readers will see that Black boys are 'worthy / to be loved.' The title says it all: Black boys are 'every good thing.'"--Kirkus Reviews, starred review * "A powerful celebration of Black boyhood, countering many of the negative messages that a racist society puts forth about African American boys. Here they are adventurous, polite, inquisitive, playful, creative, artistic, athletic, brave, and worthy. They are also loving, vulnerable, and reliable. The text has a cadence that demands to be read out loud, performed, sung, or shouted with joy and veracity. James' illustrations provide vibrant visualizations of the words, rich in color and movement. Boys' brown faces radiate light, love, and the joyfulness of childhood so that readers can't help but smile along as they read. . . . Despite this being intended for young readers, it would do no harm if it found its way into teenage hands as well, especially those already wounded by some of the predominant views of Black masculinity. . . . The need for a book like this, at a moment like this, could not be greater."--Booklist, starred review * "Barnes and James reunite, after the multi-award-winning success of Crown, for this beautiful and necessary book that affirms Black boys and their right to thrive. James's vibrant oil-paint illustrations harmoniously depict Black boys in motion, in contemplation, and in full vitality as they skateboard, swim, or stand contemplatively in the outdoors. Barnes's refrain throughout the book . . . is a powerful, present-tense reminder that normalizes the robust lives Black boys deserve to live. . . . Lets Black boys know they are loved and valued just as they are, with unlimited possibilities. Movingly, one boy affirms for himself and for the reader, 'I am not what they might call me, / and I will not answer to any name that is not my own.' Fortunately, Barnes and James provide us with a range of powerful, positive names to call Black boys as they urge us to see them, to love them, and to let them live their lives as they deserve."--Horn Book, starred review * "Page after page of empowering text speaks to energetic children everywhere, as the author-illustrator team behind Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut return with another top-notch celebration of Black boys. The catchy text exudes confidence. . . . Background characters are of various races, but the stars of every page are Black, and they explore, soar, soak up information, and make a difference. The pace slows as the speaker admits he sometimes is afraid of what others call him but refuses to let those attitudes define him. The vibrant illustrations reinforce the energy as groups and individuals share their gifts with the world, including a cameo by Barack Obama. Remembering their ancestors and their fathers, and acknowledging their own strengths, a line of boys gaze at the reader before the book's final declaration. . . . Pulsing rhythms and bright images combine for a worthy and timely choice for every collection."--School Library Journal, starred review * "An empowering ode to Black boy joy. In metaphor-driven verse, Barnes moves from the interpersonally specific ('I am that smile forming on your face') to the iconic ('I am a grand slam, / bases fully loaded'), and from the naturalistic ('I am waves crashing gently on the shore') to the historical ('I am my ancestors' wildest dream'). Employing rich textures and jewel tones in his fine art style, James paints Black boys of varying skin tones and ages engaging in work and play, solo and in community. . . . Together, James's energetic portraiture and Barnes's affirming text powerfully and ecstatically convey the idea that all Black boys are 'worthy/ to be loved.'"--Publishers Weekly, starred review * "This first-person self-affirmation celebrates the multiple wonders of young Black boys. . . . Barnes' playful, potent style draws on inviting metaphor to lift this well above the usual supportive picture book celebration, and the zippy turns of phrase prompt affectionate and personal reading aloud. James' fluid, painterly oils show a gallery of young boys brimming over with magnificence, whether they're swinging at a pitch, peering through a microscope, or beaming a dimpled smile out at the viewer; even the tender and quiet compositions have a dynamism that suggests a moment caught in an active life. The book's powering of listeners to move past outside voices that diminish will be particularly welcome, and this will speak to audiences too young for Black Is King."--The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books, starred review About The Author Derrick Barnes wrote the New York Times bestseller The King of Kindergarten, as well as the critically acclaimed picture book Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut (illustrated by Gordon James), which received a Newbery Honor, a Coretta Scott King Author Honor, the 2018 Ezra Jack Keats New Writer Award, and the 2018 Kirkus Prize for Young Readers. He also wrote the bestselling chapter book series Ruby and the Booker Boys. He owns the copy-writing company Say Word Creative Communications and created the popular blog Raising the Mighty, where he chronicles the experience of bringing up four beautiful Black boys in America. He lives in Charlotte, North Carolina, with his wife and their four sons. Gordon C. James illustrated the critically acclaimed picture book Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut (by Derrick Barnes), which received a Caldecott Honor, a Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor, an Ezra Jack Keats New Illustrator Honor, the 2018 Kirkus Prize for Young Readers, and a Society of Illustrators Gold Medal. He also illustrated Let 'Er Buck!: George Fletcher, the People's Champion (by Vaunda Micheaux Nelson). He lives in Charlotte, North Carolina, with his wife and two children.